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Regular Public Transport Licence

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.


  • Registration 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.
  • Minimum paid-up capital of Rs. 500 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 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).
  • 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), 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).
  • Where 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.
  • Mandatory investment plan in maintenance/training infrastructure to support A & B checks or equivalent standards.
  • 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 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.
  • For 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) License

  • An 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).
  • 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 processed by Air Transport & ER Directorate in consultation with the other concerned Directorates of CAA within a period of 15 days.
  • The 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 Rules, 1994.
  • On 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.
  • The 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.

Fleet 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 Directorate, HQCAA.

·         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.

In 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:-


  • Routes between any two of the following cities would form a Trunk Route:-

·         Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.


  • Air link with the following destinations would form a Primary Route:-

Multan, Faisalabad, Sukkur, Sialkot, D.G. Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur and Nawabshah.


  • Air 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.


  • While 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.
  • Pakistani 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.

  • CAA 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.
  • To 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 CARs, 1994.

International Operations

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:-

  • Flight 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 are excluded.
  • Flight 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.
  • There should be no outstanding complaints on account of Air Passenger Rights in violation of ANO or other regulations / rules promulgated by CAA / Federal Government.
  • Satisfactory operations on socio-economic routes as specified in this policy.
  • There shall be no outstanding dues payable to CAA.
  • Qualifying airlines shall be eligible to operate on international routes to countries pursuing open skies or where there are no bilateral constraints on capacity.
  • Where 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.
  • Allocated 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.
  • Where 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.
  • The licence shall be issued for a year and is renewable annually.

Condition of Air Operator Certificate

  • After 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.

Renewal of RPT (airline) 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 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.

  • On 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 directorate.
  • The licensee should clear CAA outstanding dues, if any before application of renewal of licence in coordination with CAA billing section.
  • On 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.
  • On receipt of the approval of the Federal Government, the renewed License shall be issued by the Air Transport & ER Directorate.

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