In accordance with Civil Aviation Rules 1994, National
Aviation Policy-2015 and Air Navigation Order ANO-001-ATNR-2.0, Regular
Public Transport (RPT) License is issued by DG CAA after the approval of the
Federal Government for carriage of passengers and cargo by air.
of the Company shall be as Private or Public Ltd under the Companies
Ordinance 1984 by SECP or on Partnership deed by Joint Registrar of Firm.
paid-up capital of Rs. 500 Million
with documentary proof incorporated with SECP.
investment, if any, is allowed but not more than 49% of the paid up
capital, to the extent where the controlling interest remains in local
- Security deposit of Rs. 50 Million
and bank guarantee of an equivalent amount from a scheduled bank
acceptable to CAA. (To be submitted before the grant of License).
sound business plan, registration documents like the Memorandum and
Articles of Association, share allocation form duly verified by
Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Trust Deed, bank
references three years projected book of accounts prepared by registered
Charter Accountants Firm, and any other documents to prove to the
satisfaction of CAA that the airline is a legally established body
capable of operating commercial flights. (To be submitted with
application for licence).
applicable, evidence of paid-up capital (free of losses) / Equity along
with details of foreign investment if any i.e. Bank Statements and
Certificates from registered Chartered Accountants Firm / Company.
Minimum Equity (net worth) to Assets Ratio should be at least 5%,
gradually increasing by at least 1% per annum up to a minimum of 10%
over a period of next five years.
investment plan in maintenance/training infrastructure to support A
& B checks or equivalent standards.
insurance policy covering aircraft, crew, passenger/cargo and third
party risks at the level specified by ICAO conventions, prevailing CAA
regulations and Government Gazette Notification on Passenger insurance
clearance of company is respect of CEO/Owner/Director/Major Share
holders shall be mandatory. If any owner / CE / Director(s) are not
security cleared or there are serious or adverse observations by the
Security / Intelligence Agencies at any stage, the Operator / Company /
Individuals concerned shall have to comply with the instructions of the
Federal Government / DG CAA. In case of non-compliance within the stipulated
time or failure to submit any valid justification in this regard, the
licence / AOC shall be liable to suspension / cancellation in accordance
with Rules / Regulations / Conditions of Licence.
any shareholding transaction of 51% or more, either singly or in
aggregate enabling transfer of controlling interest in a Private Limited
Company holding a Licence, prior permission of the DG CAA shall be
essential for incorporation in SECP on relevant Forms.
Issuance of RPT (airline)
applicant shall apply on prescribed CAA Form duly filled, and signed by
Chief Executive of the Company / Managing Partner of the Firm, if
applicable, to DAT & ER along with the requisite documents. After
verification of documents and resolution of objections, if any, the
applicant shall take ID and Password from AT & ER Directorate to
submit the application on-line as well as hard copies to AT&ER
Directorate (sixteen sets).
received will be scrutinized by Air Transport & ER Directorate for acceptance
/ rejection for process within 3 days of receipt of the application.
once accepted will be processed by Air Transport & ER Directorate in
consultation with the other concerned Directorates of CAA within a
period of 15 days.
scrutinized application, if considered to be in order at AT Directorae,
will be seen and assessed by DG CAA and subsequently sent to Federal
Government, for decision for approval under Rule 177 of Civil Aviation
receipt of the requisite approval from the Federal Government, RPT
License will be issued by DG CAA after receipt of the security deposit,
bank guarantee and License issuance fee.
License is only a permission to develop an RPT Airline organization and
in no way qualify the Licensee to start RPT operations which can only be
carried out after issuance of an Air Operator Certificate (AOC). It is
necessary that before setting up an airline, the Company management
should become fully conversant and comply with Civil Aviation Rules 1994;
National Aviation Policy-2015, Air Navigation Orders (ANOs),
Airworthiness Notices issued from time to time and relevant
international practices / requirements.
Minimum fleet requirement is: Three airworthy aircraft for domestic passenger
operations, Five airworthy aircraft for International operations and one airworthy
aircraft for Cargo operations.
Fleet registration in Pakistan is
mandatory for issuance of an AOC
In relation to purchase, wet / dry
lease of the aircraft, requirements outlined in NAP-2015 would be applicable
in letter and spirit and the same shall be oversighted by the Airworthiness
The Applicant intending to import /
export an aircraft / helicopter on ownership or lease basis, shall apply to Airworthiness
Directorate, CAA along with the applicable documents with a copy endorsed to
DAT&ER and DFS.
Operations on Domestic
/ Socio-economic and Socio-political Routes
After acquiring AOC, the licensee
shall operate on domestic routes as per NAP-2015.
addition to operation on domestic Trunk routes, Pakistani scheduled air
carriers shall operate on at least one
primary or one secondary route as per detailed category of routes given in
NAP-2015 and reproduced under:-
between any two of the following cities would form a Trunk Route:-
Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar
link with the following destinations would form a Primary Route:-
Multan, Faisalabad, Sukkur, Sialkot, D.G. Khan, Rahim Yar
Khan, Bahawalpur and Nawabshah.
link with the following would form a Secondary Route:-
Skardu, Mohenjo-daro, Zhob, Saidu Sharif, Dalbadin, Bannu,
Parachinar, Sehwan Sharif, D.I. Khan, Hyderabad, Ormara, Khuzdar, Rawalakot,
Muzaffarabad, Chitral, Gilgit, Panjgur, Gwadar, Turbat, Jiwani, Pasni,
Jacobabad and Mirpur Khas.
AND SOCIO-POLITICAL ROUTES
Socio-Economic routes comprise selected Primary and Secondary routes,
the Socio-Political routes (where political integration is the prime
objective) are a subset of the Secondary routes and include: Gwadar,
Turbat, Panjgur, Khuzadar, Dalbandin, Zhob, Rawalakot, Skardu, Chitral,
Gilgit, Bannu, Parachinar and Muzaffarabad.
scheduled air carriers shall be required to operate part of their total
capacity—Available Seat Kilometers (ASKs)- floated on domestic Trunk
Routes to Primary and Secondary Routes as under:-
At least 10% of the total capacity
(ASKs) floated on Trunk routes, or
At least 5% of the total capacity
(ASKs) floated on Trunk routes.
shall facilitate joint ventures or commercial agreements between
Pakistani scheduled air carriers and Pakistani charter operators for
operations to primary and secondary routes, by allowing a Pakistan
registered aircraft to operate on AOC of two different Pakistani
operators subject to all regulatory / legal requirements.
qualify for the approval of seasonal (summer / winter) schedule, the
license of RPT operators must also ensure that at least 80% of the
schedule is actually flown and 80% punctuality and regularity is
maintained (with the exception of force majeure). Operators not adhering
to the above requirements shall be suspended for 90 days and if remedial
action is not demonstrated, RPT may be cancelled after 180 days as per
Pakistani designated airlines shall be eligible to
commence operations on international routes after one year of continued
satisfactory operations on domestic
routes, meeting following performance parameters:-
Punctuality above 80%. (Flight punctuality is expressed in percentage of
flights delayed less than 15 minutes during a specified period e.g.
weekly, monthly or yearly. For purposes of determining airline
efficiency, force majeure flight delays not attributable to the airline
Regularity above 95%. (Flight Regularity is defined as the percentage of
scheduled flights operated (flown) during a specified period of time
(e.g. daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly). For purposes of determining
airline efficiency, force majeure flight cancellations not attributable
to the airline are excluded.
should be no outstanding complaints on account of Air Passenger Rights
in violation of ANO or other regulations / rules promulgated by CAA /
operations on socio-economic routes as specified in this policy.
shall be no outstanding dues payable to CAA.
airlines shall be eligible to operate on international routes to
countries pursuing open skies or where there are no bilateral
constraints on capacity.
there are bilateral constraints on capacity, the available capacity
shall be allocated amongst the competing air carriers’ proportionate to
their capacity [Available Seat Kilometers (ASK)] floated on domestic
routes in the previous two scheduling periods. Additionally, airlines’
regularity, punctuality, safety record, fleet registration and financial
condition shall also be quantified and considered while allocating
capacity unutilized by an air carrier for two scheduling periods shall
be allocated to another Pakistani air carrier desirous of utilizing it
unless the air carrier was in a force majeure situation.
there are bilateral constraints on multiple designations of air carriers
the designation of an offline Pakistani carrier shall be replaced with
an air carrier desirous of operating to that destination.
licence shall be issued for a year and is renewable annually.
of Air Operator Certificate
the issuance of RPT License to an operator by the Federal Government, it
is a regulatory requirement specified in ANO 91.0001, AOC Guide CAAD-617
issued by Flight Standards Directorate and National Aviation Policy-2015,
that the operator has to obtain an AOC within 365 days of
issuance of License.
of RPT (airline) License
License holder (Licensee) shall apply to the Director Air Transport
& ER, HQCAA, Karachi, on the Company’s Letterhead for renewal of
License along with applicable renewal fee as per FEE SCHEDULE given in
ANO-001-ATNR-2.0 at least 60 days
before expiry of the License along with the following documents. In case
of failure, the licence holder, in addition to the normal fee shall pay a
surcharge Rs 10,000/- per
month or part thereof. In case of receipt of application for renewal
after expiry of the License, no waiver or extension to the License shall
be granted until approval of the Competent Authority in the National and
General Public interest, as per ANO:-
· Current annual audited report in line
with the NAP-2015 of Para 4.3 (a) & (b), duly signed by the Directors /
CEO and their authorized chartered accountant firm.
Current Operations Specifications
issued by Flight Standards Directorate CAA.
Comprehensive Aircraft insurance liability
documents for passengers aircraft and third party in conformity with
operations specifications, in line with applicable CARs,1994 and Government
Gazette Notifications, Carriage by Air Act 2012.
receipt of the application, Air Transport & ER Directorate shall
seek comments / no objection of the CAA specialist directorates i.e.
Finance, Flight Standards, Airworthiness, Consumer Protection and
Economic Oversight section and if applicable / required of Legal
licensee should clear CAA outstanding dues, if any before application of
renewal of licence in coordination with CAA billing section.
receipt of the no objection of the concerned directorates, approval of
the Director General shall be sought for referring the matter to the
Federal Government for final approval.
receipt of the approval of the Federal Government, the renewed License
shall be issued by the Air Transport & ER Directorate.