Revised Regulation on EASA Fees and Charges - Impact on Third Country Operators Authorisations

As of January 2020, the revised Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2153 on the fees and charges levied by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has entered into force. 

For the vast majority of Third Country Operators (TCOs), the process to obtain and maintain an EASA TCO Authorisation remains free of charge. 

However, the revised regulation introduces flat fees for some specific activities performed in the context of the initial authorisation and continuous monitoring of TCOs. In accordance with Table 7 of the Annex to the Regulation, as of 1st January 2020 EASA will charge: 

  • 10.000 Euro (flat fee) for technical meetings with the third country operator, requested by EASA and held at EASA's headquarters in Cologne, and 
  • 19.000 Euro (flat fee) plus staff travel costs for on-site visits/audits of third country operators. Travel costs are composed[1] of transport costs outside the EU, per diems (including accommodation) and a compensation for travel time; a calculator is available at the EASA website to provide a cost estimate for a concrete operator: Link

EASA requests technical meetings and on-site visits/audits only when deemed necessary. The criteria are set in the TCO Regulation[2] and follow a risk-based approach that takes into account the safety performance of the operator involved, the safety information available for the State of Operator and the State of Registry, and the level of exposure to European citizens.

The fees described above will apply to all meetings and on-site visits/audits agreed from 1st January 2020 onwards; those already scheduled and confirmed before this date will not be charged.

General contact: EASA_Fees_and_Charges_Regulation_2020 [at]

[1] Article 6 of the Fees and Charges Regulation.
[2] Regulation (EU) No. 452/2014.