To qualify for licensing, air carriers must demonstrate they have in place sufficient levels of
There are minimum insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators flying
within, into,out of, or over the territory of an European Economic Area Member
There are minimum requirements for the separate insurance of passengers, baggage, cargo and
third parties, including cover for risks of war and terrorism (‘war risk’).
Many operators choose to buy insurance on a combined ‘single limit’ basis. When
doing so they should ensure that the amount covers the different categories identified below.
Minimum levels of cover are dependent on who or what is being carried and/or the size of the
aircraft concerned. Minimum levels are given in Special Drawing Rights (SDR). The SDR is an
international currency unit defined by the International Monetary Fund. Exchange rates are
published daily in the Financial Times and can be found on the IMF website.
Minimum cover is 250,000 SDRs per passenger.
Minimum cover is 1,131 SDRs per passenger.
Minimum cover is 19 SDRs per kilogram of cargo.
The minimum level of third party cover depends on the Maximum Take Off Mass (MTOM) of the
aircraft concerned. There are ten categories of aircraft based
The minimum level of war risk cover depends on the MTOM of the aircraft concerned. There are
ten categories of aircraft based
G-INFO is the CAA’s aircraft register and will provide
details of all current aircraft on the UK register and amongst other things the weight of a
An insurance calculator is available to help you
assess the appropriate level of cover.
The EC Regulation establishing these requirements came into force on 30 April 2005.
The Regulation does not apply to:
Your broker should be aware of the minimum requirements and initial queries should be directed
to them. However, additional information and FAQs on insurance can be found on our Aircraft Registration pages.
Please get in touch if you have any queries or require further information.
Airline Licensing & Consumer Issues
Civil Aviation Authority
CAA House, K3
London WC2B 6TE
Telephone: (020) 7453 6330
Fax: (020) 7453 6322
Read all @UK_CAA
Thousands more airline passengers are now receiving compensation thanks to Alternative Dispute Resolution
27 December, 2017
Civil Aviation Authority response to Laser Misuse Bill
20 December, 2017
Consultation: CAA proposes guidelines for airlines on improving assistance to people with hidden disabilities
21 November, 2017
Read all News
International women in engineering day
22 June, 2017
Mandatory occurrence reporting
7 December, 2016
Guidance for flying drones
17 May, 2016
Read All Blogs