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Permission to Operate Scheduled Flights to and from Hong Kong

The Air Transport (Licensing of Air Services) Regulations (CAP 448A) require that scheduled air services to and from Hong Kong may be operated under and in accordance with the provisions of an operating permit granted by the Director-General of Civil Aviation or a licence granted by the Air Transport Licensing Authority. Details of the provisions in CAP 448A are available at the following link: https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/?_lang=en(Open with new window)

Operating Permit – applicable to services with foreign registered aircraft

The information and documents required for the application of an operating permit are listed in the Checklist of Required Documents for Application to Operate Scheduled Services(Open with new window).

The application together with the required documents should be submitted via the online e-filing system for flight application(Open with new window).

An application for the operating permit must be submitted to the Director-General of Civil Aviation at least one month before the anticipated commencement date of the scheduled air services.

Licence – applicable to services with Hong Kong registered aircraft

The Air Transport Licensing Authority is the authority to consider a licence application. The information and documents required for the application of a licence are listed in the website of the Transport and Housing Bureau at the following link: http://www.thb.gov.hk/eng/boards/transport/air/atla.htm(Open with new window)

Permission to Operate Charter Flights to and from Hong Kong

The Air Transport (Licensing of Air Services) Regulations require that any person wishing to operate charter flights to and from Hong Kong must obtain a permit from the Director-General of Civil Aviation. A person who operates charter flights without a permit, or without fully complying with the conditions of the permit, commits an offence and is liable to a fine and imprisonment.

The information and documents required for the application of a permit are listed in the Checklist of Required Documents for Application for Non-scheduled Air Services (Charter Services)(Open with new window).

The application together with the required documents should be submitted via the online e-filing system for flight application(Open with new window).

The application must be submitted at least 3 working days before the anticipated arrival/departure date of the flight in Hong Kong. However, non-frequent or new operators should submit their applications at least 2 weeks prior to the date of operation to allow sufficient time for processing their applications.

Applications for the operation of charter flights for the carriage of passengers or cargo to or from Hong Kong will normally be approved if the Director-General of Civil Aviation is satisfied that the applicant has reasonably demonstrated that corresponding scheduled services cannot satisfy a genuine demand by providing the service or capacity required, that such non-scheduled services do not affect the development of scheduled services and, in the case of applications made by airlines based outside Hong Kong, that the aviation authorities of the country or place in which the airline is based would afford no less favorable treatment to a Hong Kong based airline making a similar application.

Applications for the operation of charter flights for the carriage of both passengers and cargo will not normally be considered.

Details on application procedure for non-scheduled air services could be found in Section GEN 1.2 of Hong Kong AIP.

Clearance to Operate Private Non-revenue Flights to and from Hong Kong

Prior clearance from the Director-General of Civil Aviation is required for the operation of private non-revenue flights to and from Hong Kong. Applications should be submitted to the Director-General of Civil Aviation by fax (fax no.: (852) 2877 8542) or e-filing system for flight application(Open with new window) at least 3 working days before the anticipated arrival/departure date of the flight in Hong Kong. However, non-frequent or new operators should submit their applications at least 2 weeks prior to the date of operation to allow sufficient time for processing their applications.

No application form is required, but the following information should be provided:

1. Type of aircraft;

2. Nationality and registration marks of the aircraft;

3. Name of operator;

4. Name of ground handling agent in Hong Kong;

5. Proposed dates and times of arrival and departure;

6. Confirmation that there will be no fare-paying passengers or commercial cargo on board;

7. Completed Declaration of Compliance with the Civil Aviation (Insurance) Order (CAP 448F) form (DCA 41);(Open with new window);

8. Insurance Certificate that insures the operator in respect of any liability which may be incurred by him/her in respect of Third Party, Passenger, Baggage, Cargo, and Mail for any one event to a Combined Single Limit required in accordance with the Civil Aviation (Insurance) Order; and

9. Confirmation that the aircraft meets the requirements for the carriage of radio navigation aids as specified in Section GEN 1.5-1 para 3. of Hong Kong AIP.

Use of Heliports for Commercial Helicopter Operations in Hong Kong

Eligible helicopter operators wishing to provide commercial helicopter services to/from Hong Kong can make an application to the Civil Aviation Department. Currently, commercial helicopter services may be operated at two Heliports in Hong Kong. Details are as follows:

Domestic Commercial Helicopter Services

Domestic commercial helicopter services may be provided at the Permanent Government Heliport at the north-eastern corner of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre ("HKCEC"), under a share-used basis where government emergency and essential flying services are accorded priority in using the Heliport at all times.

Cross-boundary Commercial Helicopter Services

Cross-boundary helicopter services may be operated at the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal/Sky Shuttle Heliport where customs, immigration and quarantine facilities are provided. For further operational details of the Sky Shuttle Heliport, please refer to the Hong Kong Aeronautical Information Publication (http://www.ais.gov.hk/).

For interested operators

For details on the requirements and details of the use of the aforementioned heliports, please contact our Safety Officer (Airport) on Tel. (852) 2910 6974.