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Scheduled Air Services

Air Carriers from Non-EEA-Member States shall apply for an Operating Permit prior to commencing scheduled air services to and from Germany. In order to do this the following documents shall be submitted in German (or English):


TCOs engaging in scheduled or non-scheduled commercial air transport operations into, within or out of a territory subject to the provisions of the Treaty of the European Union, must hold a safety authorisation issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in accordance with Regulation (EU) 452/2014. This includes operators which are wet leased-in by, or code-sharing with, an EU operator when commercial flights to any territory subject to the provisions of the Treaty of the European Union are performed. A TCO authorisation is not be required for operators only overflying the abovementioned EU territories without a planned landing.

Applications for a TCO authorisation, including all the necessary documentation, should be submitted to the Agency at least 30 days before the intended starting date of operation.

Member States continue to be responsible for issuing operating permits. The safety authorisation issued by EASA is one prerequisite in the process of obtaining an operating permit, or equivalent document, from the respective EU Member State under existing Air Service Agreements between EU Member States and third countries.

Non-scheduled flights - one-off notifications. A third country operator may perform air ambulance flights or a non-scheduled flight or a series of non-scheduled flights to overcome an unforeseen, immediate and urgent operational need without first obtaining an authorisation, provided that the operator:

(1) notifies EASA in a form and manner established by EASAprior to the intended date of the first flight;

(2) is not being subject to an operating ban pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005; and

(3) submits to EASA an application for TCO authorisation within 10 working days after the date of the notification.

The flights specified in the notification may be performed for a maximum period of six consecutive weeks after the date of notification or until EASA has communicated the formal decision on the application for a TCO authorisation, whichever occurs first. One-off notifications may be filed only once every 24 months by an operator.

For more information please visit the EASA website

The tariffs intended to be applied shall be sent for approval to the following authority

Bundesamt für Güterverkehr, Referat 22
Werderstraße 34
50672 Köln
Postfach 190180
50498 Köln

Phone: +49 (0) 221 5776 2131 / 2133 / 2134 / 2135
Fax.: +49 (0) 221 5776 2190

Release: 2017.01.03

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