Commercial Air Transport Operations - Part-CAT

For commercial air transport of passengers, mail and cargo (CAT), an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and an Operating Licence are required.

Once certified, an operator is required to have any changes, e.g. to the fleet, personnel, operating principles, processes and/or documentation, reviewed by the FOCA in accordance with EASA regulations. Thereby, some changes require prior approval by the FOCA, while others only need to be notified.

Economic viability must be ensured in order to obtain and maintain an operating license.


Air Operator Certificate

Initial certification and issuance of an operating license


Changes at Aircraft Operator

Changes that require FOCA approval or notification to the FOCA


Economic viability

Prerequisite to obtain and maintain a Swiss operating licence

Further Information


Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA

Section Operation of Complex Airplanes


Section Helicopter Flight Operations

Tel: +41 58 464 62 93

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