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Air carrier operations

Operating authorisation

What procedural and documentary requirements must air carriers meet in order to operate in your jurisdiction?

Aircraft can be registered in Bermuda in the commercial category only where the aircraft is to be operated in a jurisdiction with which Bermuda has an agreement under Article 83bis of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago 1944), to which the United Kingdom (representing Bermuda) is party. Under Article 83bis agreements, certain functions and duties normally carried out by a state registry are transferred to an operator’s state. The BCAA retains airworthiness oversight. This is an attractive position for lessors and owners, as they receive the asset on return with a complete maintenance history, in English, to a high standard.

Ownership and control

Do any nationality or other requirements or restrictions apply to ownership or control of air carriers operating in your jurisdiction?


Financial requirements

What financial thresholds must air carriers meet to obtain operating authorisation?


Insurance coverage

What is the required level of insurance coverage for air carrier operations?


Safety requirements

What safety requirements apply to air carrier operations, including with regard to professional and technical certifications?

The relevant European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approvals and Overseas Territories Aviation Requirements (OTARs) under the UK Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013 apply.

Environmental obligations

What environmental obligations apply to air carrier operations?

The relevant EASA approvals and OTARs under the UK Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013 apply.

Air traffic control

How are air traffic control services regulated in your jurisdiction?

The relevant OTARs under the UK Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013 apply.


Do any licensing requirements apply to specific routes?


Are any public service obligations in place with respect to remote destinations?


Charter services

Do any special provisions apply to charter services?

No – these are not permitted unless the aircraft is registered in the commercial category.


What taxes apply to the provision of air carrier services?


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