Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Flight Permits and PPRs

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Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Flight Permits and PPRs

Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Flight Permits and PPRs

This is a post by author Mark Shiels. Mark is the general manager for Universal Aviation Ireland – Dublin. Mark is an expert on business aircraft operations in Dublin and can be contacted at markshiels@universalaviation.aero.

This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to Dublin, Ireland and continues from our last article entitled "Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Customs, Immigrations, and Quarantine (CIQ)."

Prior Permission Required (PPR) is only necessary for certain business aircraft operations to Dublin (EIDW). If your operation requires a permit or PPR, it’s best to begin the request procedure as soon as possible. While EIDW is a straightforward operating environment, it’s important to understand requirements and revision procedures for permits and PPRs. If you are operating to EIDW, here’s a breakdown of what you should know:

1. Are PPRs required for EIDW?

EIDW requires PPRs for aircraft that do not meet Stage 3 noise requirements. These are issued by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), and it’s best to communicate with IAA directly to obtain approval. In many cases, permits for non-Stage 3 operations will be approved with the recommended five business days’ lead time. However, you may be limited as to approved routings and/or flight levels.

2. When are landing permits required?

Landing permits are not necessary for air ambulance flights and for most tech stops. However, you’ll need a permit for a tech stop if you’re a charter (non-scheduled commercial) operation and embarking or disembarking passengers, or if you’re staying overnight, and your maximum takeoff weight(MTOW) is more than 13,620 kg (29,964 lbs). Landing permit lead time is four business days, and required documentation – including registration, airworthiness, and noise certificates – must be submitted in advance. Landing permits are also needed for aircraft on experimental certificates, and this can be requested directly from the IAA.

Please note that Ireland has the "Open Skies" policy in effect. Private non-revenue and charter aircraft are not required to stop at Shannon (EINN) or EIDW if they’re continuing east or westbound. If you do stop in Ireland, however, cabotage is not an issue under current open skies policies.

3. Are there overflight permit requirements?

Overflight permits are needed for experimental aircraft. Plan on three days’ prior notice when applying for an Irish overflight permit. After receiving required documents – including registration and airworthiness certificates in the correct template format, the IAA will issue your overflight permit.

4. What about permit revisions?

Landing permits are valid for the same UTC day. To operate earlier than the existing permit window, you’ll need to submit a revised permit request, and a new permit number may be issued. To operate later than the approved time, you’ll need to send notification of your schedule change, but a new permit number is not required. For changes to origin, destination, or aircraft registration, revised permit requests must be submitted, and new permit numbers may be issued. Notification only is needed for passenger/crew changes, and your permit number will remain the same.


When traveling to Ireland as a charter flight, you may require a landing permit, depending on the stop you make. However, you no longer have to stop at EINN when continuing westbound or eastbound. Also, remember that a PPR is needed when traveling to EIDW. For landing and overflight permits, and PPRs, your 3rd-party provider can assist you with such requests.


If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Dublin, contact me at markshiels@universalaviation.aero.

Later we will discuss airport slots for your trip to Dublin, Ireland.

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