How does an aircraft operator obtain an Operating Licence? What are the conditions for granting an operating licence under Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008?

Requests for the granting of an Air Service Licence must be submitted in writing to the Director General of Civil Aviation. This request shall be granted an operating licence by the competent licensing authority of a Member State provided that:

(a) its principal place of business is located in that Member State;
(b) it holds a valid AOC issued by a national authority of the same Member State whose competent licensing authority is responsible for granting, refusing, revoking or suspending the operating licence of the Community air carrier;
(c) it has one or more aircraft at its disposal through ownership or a dry lease agreement;
(d) its main occupation is to operate air services in isolation or combined with any other commercial operation of aircraft or the repair and maintenance of aircraft;
(e) its company structure allows the competent licensing authority to implement the provisions of this Chapter;
(f) Member States and/or nationals of Member States own more than 50 % of the undertaking and effectively control it, whether directly or indirectly through one or more intermediate undertakings, except as provided for in an agreement with a third country to which the Community is a party;
(g) it meets the financial conditions specified in Article 5 of the Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008;
(h) it complies with the insurance requirements specified in Article 11 of the Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 and in Regulation (EC) No 785/2004; and
(i) it complies with the provisions on good repute as specified in Article 7 of the Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008.


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