Changes in Italian Charter Flight Permit Regulation – Explained
This is a post by author Lorena Carraro. Lorena is Managing Director for Universal Aviation Italy, which has FBO and ground support locations at Rome (LIRA), Venice (LIPZ), Milan-Linate (LIML) and Milan-Malpensa (LIMC). Lorena is acting Member of the Board of the Italian Business Aviation Association and an expert on business aircraft operations in Italy. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Italy is always a popular destination for charter aircraft operators, especially going into the summer season, and operators to Italy have always faced a somewhat rigorous and time-consuming charter permit application process. Thanks to recent regulatory changes, Italy has become a much more straightforward and welcoming operating environment for charter operators. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Non-EU charter permit requirements in Italy have eased for taxi flights
As of January 1, 2013, Ente Nazionale per L’Aviazone Civile (ENAC) changed requirements for non-European Union (EU) charter operators. Specifically, these changes affect non-EU operators of aircraft with fewer than 20 passenger seats. The good news is that new regulatory changes have greatly reduced lead time for first-time operators to Italy, while helping facilitate operations for all charter operators with approved permits. Additionally, the 36-hour limit imposed on aircraft with fewer than 20 passenger seats is no longer applicable.
Regulations for aircraft with 20 passenger seats or more is still applicable. This means that the documentation, along with the Foreign Operators Questionnaire (FOQ), is still required. Furthermore, for any operator that falls into this category and has not been to Italy in two seasons (summer and winter, for example), or is traveling to this country for the first time, a 45-day lead time is still required.
2. Permit lead time has been reduced for aircraft with less than 20 passenger seats
Until now, first-time operators to Italy, along with operators who have not traveled to the country for more than two years, have been dealing with permit lead times of 45 days. Thanks to recent regulatory changes, the charter permit lead time has been changed to 10 working days, assuming correct documentation is submitted. Note that if you plan to add aircraft to an existing permit, the lead time is five working days, and requests must be accompanied with additional documentation.
3. There are two options for Italian charter permits with less than 20 seats
In the past, charter permits had to be obtained for each trip to Italy. With recent regulatory changes put in place, it is now possible to obtain two types of permits:
a) single permit for a trip and valid only for the particular operation
b) blanket permit valid for 12 months for multiple operations and in more than one Italian airport
4. Be aware of document considerations
For charter operators with fewer than 20 passenger seats, an FOQ is no longer needed. Also, Italy no longer requires submission of aircraft airworthiness and registration certificates. These are welcome changes and help un-complicate the Italian charter permit process. Additional documentation requirements, however, have been added to permit requirements. You’ll need to provide a Right of Use of Aircraft statement, indicating whether the aircraft is owned, leased, dry leased, wet leased or hired. Additionally, you will need to provide evidence of a security program and letter from the civil aviation authority of the country of aircraft registration, certifying that the security program complies with ICAO Annex 17.
Due to these regulatory changes, we anticipate an increase in charter activity to Italy, particularly for the upcoming summer season. Italian authorities are taking steps to ensure more straightforward charter access to the country with less onerous permit requirements. This is a positive change for charter operators, especially those contemplating short-notice client requests.
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