Application for Third Country Operator Authorisation (TCO Authorisation)

How to apply

The preferred way to receive this application is by email to tco [dot] applications [at] easa [dot] europa [dot] eu.
Please support the paperless management of applications by submitting applications to us electronically only.

Additional documents

Together with the application form, there are additional documents that are mandatory for enabling EASA to assess eligibility of your application. Therefore you will need to submit: 

  • Certificate of Incorporation (COI) of the entity
  • AOC/ACC 
  • Operations Specifications (OPS SPECS)

Specific technical documents shall be provided after registration via the TCO web interface, for which you will be provided with an account by the TCO Department.

Particularly large files can be uploaded using the EASA file box.

Next steps

Good to know

TCO web-interface: In a separate e-mail you will receive instructions on how to access to the TCO web-interface (https://tco.easa.europa.eu/).

Please log on to the system without delay when you have your credentials. The TCO web-interface is used for all correspondence in the TCO application process. Please ensure that you react on any notification triggered by the system. We encourage you to use the user module, to nominate a secondary staff user in order to ensure that the information received from EASA will be read when you are absent.

Once you have your credentials, you have to fill an online questionnaire, the so-called Basic Operator Data form. Please fill this questionnaire within 7 days from having access to the system. Regarding the data submitted via the TCO web-interface, please ensure that they are always current, in particular with respect to fleet and contact information.

Fees and Charges: No Fees and Charges will be levied for the authorisation of third country operators according to the Commission Regulation (EU) 319/2014. The acceptance of early applications from Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holders certified in the UK for authorisation by EASA as Third Country Operators (TCO) will be processed as detailed on our Brexit page.

Applicant Eligibility/Capability: Eligibility is based on current AOC, operations specifications and business registration. After having checked the eligibility you will receive a notification confirming the acceptance of your application.

Applicant Services

You will find extensive information and instructions under the TCO FAQs.

Please also consult the instructions in the application form completion instructions, which are embedded in the application form (Application Form).

Should you have any further question or suggestion, please contact the Certificate Delivery Team: tco [dot] applications [at] easa [dot] europa [dot] eu

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