Charter Application Guide for Charter flights originating in a foreign country (other than USA)

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Application Filed Pursuant To The Air Transportation Regulations (ATR)

July 1996

FOREIGN ORIGINATING CHARTER FLIGHTS (Non U.S.)

A charter that originates in a foreign country (other than U.S.A.) and that is destined for Canada shall be operated in accordance with the rules and regulations of that foreign country, subject to the following requirements:

1) Legislative References

  • Part III, Division VII, Sections 72.1 to 75 of the Air Transportation Regulations (ATR)

2) Carrier Requirement

No air carrier shall operate a charter flight that originates in a foreign country and that is destined for Canada unless the air carrier:

  1. holds a non-scheduled international licence valid for the proposed flight;
  2. has received authorization from the aeronautical authorities of the country of origin for the proposed flight.

3) Notification

An air carrier operating a charter that originates in a foreign country shall notify the Agency in writing:

  • 48 hours prior to the planned date and time of arrival in Canada of the flight, in the case of an entity charter proposed to be operated pursuant to the air carrier's non-scheduled international licence valid for that type of charter, or
  • 15 days before the planned date of arrival in Canada of the flight, in all other cases.

The notification shall include:

  • documentary evidence establishing the authorization from the aeronautical authorities of the foreign country for the charter,
  • the name or charter category of the proposed operation under the rules and regulations of the country of origin;
  • the name of the charterer;
  • all points of origin and destination of the charter flight, including the Canadian airports proposed to be used;
  • the planned dates and times of arrival and departure;
  • the type of aircraft proposed to be used;
  • its seating capacity, and
  • the nature and quantity of the goods to be transported.

Note: No air carrier shall operate a charter flight unless the air carrier has arranged for suitable arrival and departure times with the appropriate Canadian airport authorities.

4) General

Charter division contact numbers:

  • The facsimile number for the charter division of the Canadian Transportation Agency is 819-953-5572.
  • For further information on this guide, you can contact one of the Team Leaders.

The licensee must contact:

  • Transport Canada, for compliance with security requirements (General Inquiries 613-990-2309);
  • The local airport authority for permission to operate at specific times or for the use of any airport facility;
  • Canada Border Services Agency regarding the availability of clearance services and hours of operation of the port of entry (General Inquiries in English 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064).

Should there be any discrepancy between what is contained in this document and what is contained in the Canada Transportation Act and the Air Transportation Regulations, the Canada Transportation Act and the Air Transportation Regulations shall prevail.

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