Air Transport Licences (ATLs) provide a parallel system of licensing for air carriers based in
the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. Such companies need to hold an ATL instead of an Operating
They cannot hold Operating Licences as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not part of
the European Economic Area (EEA). Holders of ATLs must be controlled by UK nationals.
An Air Transport Licence by itself is not enough to commence commercial air operations. An Air
Operator Certificate is also required.
We recommend you contact the CAA directly if you would like to apply for an
Air Transport Licence.
Full details of requirements to qualify for an Air Transport Licence are available in the
publication Official Record Series
1 – Licensing UK Airlines.
However, if you are based in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, we recommend you get in
touch with the CAA directly to discuss your application.
Airline Licensing & Consumer Issues
Civil Aviation Authority
CAA House, K3
London WC2B 6TE
Telephone: (020) 7453 6330
Fax: (020) 7453 6322
Unlike Operating Licences (which can be held by nationals of any EEA country), Air Transport
Licence holders must be UK nationals.
There are statutory procedures for the processing of Air Transport Licence applications, set out
in The Civil Aviation Authority Regulations 1991. These allow for the publication of an application
and give an opportunity for objections to be made by licence holders or other interested
In normal circumstances the CAA will publish an application in its weekly Licensing Notices as
soon as possible after receipt, allowing 21 days for objections to be made.
If a valid objection is made, the matter has to be decided at a public hearing at which the
applicant and objector are present.
The CAA will reach a decision after the hearing and publish a written decision. Decisions made
at previous hearings are available online on the decisions page on this website.
Although it aims to deliver decisions as quickly as possible, if a public hearing is required
the process will normally take at least two months after the end of the objection period.
Unopposed applications can be dealt with very quickly after the end of the objection period.
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