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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

There are different types of ATOL licence depending on the type of business you operate.

A summary of each ATOL licence can be found below, each has a link to further detail about the licence type and information on how to apply. The application process may be different dependent upon which ATOL your require.

Standard ATOL Small Business ATOL (SBA)
  • No trading restrictions
  • Bond level of 15% of licensable revenue (subject to a minimum of £50,000) required.
  • Personal fitness and competence test.
  • Need to meet Standard ATOL financial criteria.
  • £2073 application fee plus 13.01 pence variable per passenger charge.
  • Minimum £30K Paid Up Share Capital for limited companies

More about the Standard ATOL

  • Restricted to 500 passengers and £1,000,000 licensable revenue per annum for minimum three years.
  • Minimum £50,000 bond required.
  • Personal fitness and competence test.
  • Need to meet SBA financial criteria.
  • £1223 application fee.
  • Minimum £30K Paid Up Share Capital for limited companies
  • APC deposit of £1,250

More about the Small Business ATOL (SBA)

Franchise ATOL Accredited Bodies
  • Licence granted on the basis of membership of approved franchise consumer protection scheme.
  • Personal fitness and competence test.
  • No ATOL bond.
  • No financial criteria test.
  • £780 application fee (for under 1,001 passengers).

More about the Franchise ATOL

  • Become a member of an Accredited Body
  • Trade under their licence.
  • No ATOL bond
  • No financial criteria test
  • You will be required to meet the Accredited Body's conditions of membership.

More about accredited bodies


Trade ATOL  
  • Sales restricted to other ATOL holders only.
  • Personal fitness and competence test.
  • Standard ATOL Financial criteria test.
  • £10,000 bond required.
  • £2073 application fee plus 13.01 pence variable per passenger charge

More about the Trade ATOL


Withdrawing an application

The CAA considers applications on a case by case basis, however it will generally deem an application withdrawn if an applicant has not actively pursued the application (e.g. by not providing information requested in writing by the CAA) within a reasonable period of time, or by going out of communication entirely for 2 months or more.

An applicant can also request in writing that its application be considered as withdrawn.

Where an application is withdrawn or deemed to be withdrawn, no refund will be due.

If a business subsequently wishes to 're-activate' its application, a new application will need to be made, with the payment of a further application fee and the submission of a new application form and supporting documents.

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