Notification and Approval of Flights in Maltese Airspace
The Duty Management Office at the Civil Aviation Directorate
One of the main responsibilities of the DMO office include the processing and granting of overflight/landing clearances and traffic rights to operators requiring permission to overfly Malta’s territorial airspace or operate to/from Malta International Airport.
Traffic Freedom Rights
Community air carriers/operators
As per provisions of EU Regulation 2408/92, on access for Community air carriers to intra-Community air routes, community air carriers/operators are entitled to exercise, without a need for approval, traffic rights on routes within the Community. Prior notification is however required.
Non-Community air carriers/operators
Flights operated by non-community air carriers/operators require prior approval.
All Flights – Commercial/Private
Approval/notification for the operation of all flights requiring landing in Malta shall be made to the Duty Management Officer on the contacts below and should include the hereunder information and documentation. Requests or notifications are also, in some cases, accepted from 3rdparty flight support agencies or handling agents acting on behalf of the operator.
Non-community air carriers/operators should also include valid copies of the following documents:
Additional documents may also be requested.
* As from 30th April 2005, EC Regulation EC 785/2004 on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators came into force. The Regulation was subsequently amended on 6th April 2010. The Regulation, as amended, specifies the minimum levels of insurance required by aircraft operators and air carriers in respect of third party cover, passenger cover and cover for risks of war and terrorism.
Legislation (EC) No785/2004
Amendment(EU) No 285/2010
All aircraft operating to Malta should be certified to comply with the conditions included in ICAO Annex 16 Chapter 3 or Stage 3 noise standard.
Foreign registered aircraft holding a non-Standard Airworthiness Certificate or a Permit to Fly need to apply for landing clearance not less than 72 hours before the planned flight.
Microlights - defined by paragraph (e) of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 (Basic Regulation) of the European Parliament and of the Council.
Permits to fly issued under foreign National Regulations have to be validated in accordance with the Air Navigation Order (1990) as revised.
To facilitate pilots flying a foreign microlight aircraft in Malta, the CAD may issue permission to fly an aircraft in Malta subject to the aircraft meeting the following criteria:
The aircraft may be flown for private use only and may not be flown over any congested area of a city, town or settlement, or an assembly of persons in the open air, unless for the purposes of take-off and landing. In addition, aircraft may not be flown at a minimum height less than 150 metres (500 ft) from any person, vehicle, vessel or structure, or (ii) at a height less than 150 metres (500 ft) above the ground or water. It shall only be flown during daylight hours
The normal duration of the permission will be of not more than one month.
The CAD reserves the right to refuse or revoke permission for a microlight aircraft even if the aircraft satisfies the criteria outlined above. This may arise in situations where the CAD has received evidence that the aircraft has been utilised in contradiction of the applicable Maltese aviation law, or where an application or a certificate for the aircraft issued by the CAD has been rejected, suspended or revoked.
In exceptional circumstances, Transport Malta may exempt a microlight pilot or operator from complying with any of the above conditions, and in so doing may impose any other additional conditions as may be deemed fit.
Applications for permission to land in and/or take-off from Malta or to overfly
Maltese territories are received by the Duty Management Officer at least 15 working days in advance of the flight.
Military and State Flights (Operations as per Article 1.2 of the Basic Regulation (EC) No 216/2008)
State aircraft refer to aircraft owned or operated by a State. These include:
State aircraft overflying Malta’s territorial airspace or landing at Malta International Airport are subject to clearance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Unless a blanket clearance has already been issued, operators should file their request through diplomatic channels. Aircraft engaged in training or other operations covered with a blanket clearance should inform the Duty Management Officer accordingly with any planned operations.
Urgent requests for medical evacuation, humanitarian or any other flights, which due to the nature of the emergency are required at very short notice, may also make contact with the DMO for guidance and coordination.
Civil aircraft registered in a State which has not adhered to the Chicago Convention or aircraft with a non-standard Airworthiness Certificate require permission to overfly Malta’s territorial airspace. A request for permission to carry out such flights shall be submitted to the Duty Management Officer by not later than 72 hours before the intended flight. All other flights require a notification by flight plan.
Aircraft from EU/EASA member states with a valid EASA Form 20a Permit to Fly do not require overflight permits.
Procedure for requesting the use of STS/ATFMEXEMPTAPPROVED.
A flight plan originator seeking approval to insert STS/ATFMEXEMPTAPPROVED for a flight departing Malta shall obtain prior permission at least two hours in advance of the EOBT from the DMO office. For further details please contact the DMO.
DMO Contacts (operational 24X7)
Tel: +356 2124 5205 / 2555 5638 / 2369 6156
Fax: +356 2124 5279
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