FAQ n.19543

How is the economic aspect of the approval (commercial traffic rights - air services agreement) split from the EASA Safety oversight element?

Answer

EASA TCO only takes over the safety-related part of foreign operator assessment, whereas operating permits (commercial traffic rights) will continue to be issued by individual Member States. EASA does not (and cannot) issue operating permits and these remain an area of national responsibility. However, operators should be aware that in addition to other requirements, they must hold a valid TCO authorisation before a Member State can issue an operating permit.

Last updated: 
23/11/2016

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