Country Operators (UK- Part TCO)
NOTE THAT TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS
TO THE UK AFTER ITS EXIT FROM THE EU A VALID TCO MUST BE IN PLACE
UK Part TCO
Regulation (EU) No. 452/2014, requires all Third Country Operators to hold a
“Part-TCO”, from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) prior to
undertaking any commercial flight within the European Common Aviation Area
(ECAA). The CAA will take responsibility
for administering all “Part-TCOs” in respect of commercial services undertaken
within UK territory on the UK’s exit from the EU (a “UK-Part TCO”).
The CAA wishes to ensure that the minimum possible
regulatory burden is placed on air carriers in taking on that role. The following streamlined process will
therefore be adopted.
1) Air carriers
certified outside the EU27 or European Free Trade Area (EFTA)
The UK will continue to recognise any Part-TCO issued
EASA for a period of up to two years from the day of the UK’s Exit from the EU,
or until that approval is replaced with a UK equivalent. The CAA’s acceptance of an EASA TCO will be
dependent upon that approval continuing to be valid for operations within the
ECAA for all aircraft that it is intended to operate in the UK.
CAA will not consider any UK Part-TCO applications for operations within UK
territory by air carriers certified outside the EU until after the UK’s
exit. Details of that process will be
published at that time.
2) Air Carriers
certified within the EU27 and EFTA only
To ensure service continuity by EU27 and EFTA air carriers
after the UK leaves the EU, the CAA will now accept advance applications from such air carriers for UK-Part TCO approvals.
The UK Part TCO application form can
be found here. The following information will need to be
submitted with an application:
Applications should be sent as soon as possible. Any
application received after Thursday, 14 March 2019 will be considered as soon
as possible, but a decision may not be made until after Friday, 29 March 2019
(currently the date the UK would exit the EU unless a transition period is
A UK Part-TCO authorisation
issued to a EU27, EEA or Swiss AOC holder will become valid at the point the
UK exits the EU.
Note that in addition to a UK-Part TCO
any commercial operations to the UK will also require a Foreign Carrier Permit
issued by the CAA – details can be found here.
If you have any
queries in relation to the above then please do not hesitate to contact us either
by email or on 0044 (0)207-453-6333.
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