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This section contains materials for making an application for an airline licence, including application forms,
guidance publications and information about additional CAA services which will help you make your application.
We encourage any applicant for an airline licence to contact us at the earliest opportunity. Airline licensing can
be complex and the amount of work that needs to be done will be different depending on the exact situation of each
applicant. The most straightforward way of getting started with your application is to get in touch with us using the
Type A licences
(for operators of aircraft with more than 20 seats)
Type B licences
(for operators of aircraft with 19 seats or fewer)
David KendrickAirline licensing and consumer issuesConsumer Protection GroupCivil Aviation Authority, K3CAA House45-59 KingswayLondon WC2B 6TE
Tel: 0207 543 6330Fax: 0207 453 6322
Airline licensing and consumer issues
Consumer Protection Group
Civil Aviation Authority, K3
London WC2B 6TE
Tel: 0207 543 6330
Fax: 0207 453 6322
The Airline Licensing pages
provide information about the different kinds of licences that are available and the basic requirements for each
Full details of requirements to qualify for an airline licence are contained in our publication Licensing Airlines in the UK. Paragraphs 11-23 provide an
overview of the criteria for the basic Operating Licence.
Forms required for airline licence applications are shown below.
We recommend contacting the CAA before attempting to fill them in.
There is a fee for applying for an airline licence. Details of the current level of fees are set out in the
Scheme of Charges (Operating and Air Transport Licences, Foreign Registered Aircraft Operating Permits and Scarce Capacity Allocation Certificates).
The CAA collects data on air traffic within the UK, much of which is available for free on our website. We also offer a data query and analysis service to assist with traffic forecasting, route development, competitor analysis and understanding of the economics of air travel. Further information can be found on the Aviation Intelligence pages of this website.
online calculator will help you assess what minimum level of insurance you need to qualify for a licence. The results can be used as a guide but are only estimates and the true level will be set by the CAA in the course of your application.
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