1. Certification according to EASA regulations.
Aerodromes, including equipment, open to public use and which serve commercial air transport and where operations using instrument approach or departure procedures are provided, and:
(a) have a paved runway of 800 metres or above; or
(b) exclusively serve helicopters;
shall comply and be certified in accordance with the provisions and Essential Requirements of Regulation EC 216/2008 and its Implementing Rules set in Regulation EU 139/2014. Personnel and organisations involved in the operation of these aerodromes shall comply with these Regulations.
2. Licensing according to National Legislation.
Aerodromes which have less than 10,000 passenger movements per year, handle no more than 850 movements related to cargo operations per year, or do not meet the criteria listed in paragraph 1 above, shall be licensed in accordance with Article 70 and 71 of the Air Navigation Order, and Legal Notice LN80/2004 (Aerodrome Licensing) as amended. The licensing process follows the standards and recommended requirements published by ICAO in Annex 14 Vol. I and II as amended from time to time. Relevant forms and guidance material can be found here.
3. Conversion of existing Aerodrome Licenses into EASA certificates.
Following the introduction of Regulation EU139/2014 in March 2014, existing aerodromes in possession of a license issued under National Legislation, and falling within the scope of this Regulation, must convert to an EASA certificate by the end of 2017. To this end, the Air Navigation Services & Aerodromes Unit has developed a ‘Conversion Package’ which should enable Aerodrome Operators meet this objective. The relevant documents, including guidance material, can be found here.
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