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.
Where to start
Contacting the CAA
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 details below:
Type A licences
(for operators of aircraft with more than 20 seats)
Type B licences
(for operators of aircraft with 19 seats or fewer)
Tel: 0207 543 6330
Tel: 0207 543 6330
The Airline Licensing pages provide information about the different kinds of licences that are available and the basic requirements for each one.
Consulting ‘Licensing Airlines in the UK’
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.
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).
Aviation Intelligence consultancy service
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.
Our 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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