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Tourism Promotion & Regional Integration (TPRI) Licence

Policy Guideline

Tourism Promotion and Regional Integration (TPRI) licence will be issued in accordance with NAP-2019 to promote tourism (including religious & medical tourism) and regional connectivity including helicopter services. The following facilities/incentives would be available to TPRI Licencee:-

·      No landing, housing and Air Navigation charges at both ends of the selected Socio-Economic routes/destinations.

·      The TPRI licence shall be issued within 60 days from the acceptance of completed application. The licence shall be valid for a period of 5 years.

·      No rent will be levied for the use of aeronautical services, office space by these operators at Socio-economic airports subject to scheduled operation.

·      TPRI licence operator shall not be allowed to operate between trunk/primary routes however; the flight may originate/terminate to/from any of the trunk/primary stations.

·      Tax incentives may be provided to TPRI licencee by FBR for the socio economic routes.

·      TPRI operators can conduct flight operations on Socio-Economic Routes with aircraft having seating capacity as decided by the Competent Authority.

·      TPRI operators shall submit their schedule for approval on quarterly basis to AT & ER Directorate through CAA’s ATFMS software at least one month before commencement of the operations.

·       TPRI Licensee would be allowed to operate a maximum of three socio economic destinations from one Hub. However, the flight would only be allowed to terminate on socio economic or trunk / primary destination declared as Hub for the subject operations. In case of emergency or technical reason, aircraft may proceed to a station other than hub station. In that case operator shall pay landing and housing charges for that destination.

Requirements

  • Registration of the Company shall be as Private or Public Ltd under the Companies Act 2017 by SECP.
  • Minimum Paid-up Capital 10 Million with documentary proof incorporated with SECP.
  • Foreign 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 hands.
  • Security deposit Rs. 05 Million to be submitted before the grant of License.
  • A sound business plan, registration documents like the Memorandum and Articles of Association, share allocation form duly verified by Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), bank references three years projected book of accounts prepared by registered TPRI Accountants Firm, and any other documents to prove to the satisfaction of CAA that the applicant is a legally established body capable of operating commercial flights. (To be submitted with application for licence).
  • Where applicable, evidence of paid-up capital (free of losses) / Equity along with details of foreign investment if any i.e. Bank Statements & Bank certificate and Certificates from registered Chartered Accountants Firm / Company. Minimum Equity (net worth) to Assets Ratio should be at least 15%, gradually increasing by at least 1% per annum up to a minimum of 20% over a period of next five years.
  • Undertaking for comprehensive 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 liabilities.
  • Security clearance of company in 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, the applicant 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 request for issuance shall not be processed.

Issuance of TPRI License

  • An applicant shall apply on prescribed CAA Form duly filled signed and stamped by Chief Executive of the Company to DAT & ER along with the requisite documents. After verification of documents and resolution of objections, if any, the applicant shall submit the application to AT&ER Directorate. (twelve sets).
  • Applications received will be scrutinized by Air Transport & ER Directorate for acceptance / rejection for process within 3 days of receipt of the application.
  • Applications once accepted will be forwarded to concerned Directorates of CAA for acquiring their NOCs / comments and the same shall also be forwarded to the Aviation Division for obtaining security clearance of the management.
  • After receiving the NOCs from the concerned directorate of CAA as well as security clearance from Aviation Division, AT Directorate shall forward the complete case to DG CAA for approval.
  • On receipt of the requisite approval from the DG CAA applicant shall be asked to deposit amount of cash security deposit and License issuance fee.
  • Upon credit confirmation from CAA Finance Directorate, the TPRI Licence shall be issued for a period of five years in accordance with NAP.
  • The License is only a permission to develop a TPRI air operation organization and in no way qualifies the Licensee to start TPRI operations which can only be carried out after issuance of an Air Operator Certificate (AOC). It is necessary that before commencement of operations, the Company management should become fully conversant and comply with Civil Aviation Rules 1994; National Aviation Policy, Air Navigation Orders (ANOs), Airworthiness Notices issued from time to time and relevant international practices / requirements.

Fleet Requirements

·         Minimum fleet requirement is: Two airworthy aircraft (with minimum similar seating capacity) for passenger operations and one airworthy aircraft for Cargo operations.

·         Fleet registration in Pakistan is mandatory

·         The Applicant intending to import / export an aircraft / helicopter on ownership or lease basis requirement, shall apply to Airworthiness Directorate, CAA.

Condition of Air Operator Certificate

  • After the issuance of TPRI license to an operator by the DG CAA, it is a regulatory that the operator has to obtain an AOC within two years of issuance of License.

Renewal of TPRI License

  • The 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 at least 90 days before expiry of the License along with the documents as prescribed in ANO. In case of failure, the holder, in addition to the normal fee shall pay surcharge Rs 2,000/- 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:-
  • On receipt of the application, Air Transport & ER Directorate shall seek comments / no objection from concerned directorates.
  • On receipt of the no objection of the concerned directorates, approval of the Director General shall be sought.

·         On receipt of the approval of the DG CAA, the renewed License shall be issued by the AT & ER Directorate.

 


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