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Apply for aviation security program for foreign air carrier

Description

Foreign airlines that operate flights within the European Union (EU) must create and develop an aviation security program. The aviation security program describes measures that an airline applies to ensure safe air traffic. This serves in particular to prevent aircraft hijacking, acts of sabotage and terrorist attacks.

As a foreign air carrier intending to use commercial airports in the Federal Republic of Germany, you must draw up an aviation security program and submit it to the Federal Aviation Office (LBA) for approval.

Why do I need approval?

An approved aviation security program is a prerequisite for the granting of

  • the operating permit prior to the commencement of scheduled air traffic to and from Germany for air carriers that are not based in the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • the entry permit prior to the commencement of charter flights to and from Germany for air carriers from non-EEA member states

How long is the approved aviation security program valid?

An approved aviation security program for foreign air carriers is valid indefinitely.

However, at the latest 5 years after approval, it will be checked whether the aviation security program still complies with the then applicable regulations.

You are therefore obliged to report all changes to the aviation security program to the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt on an ongoing basis.

What exceptions are there?

Approval of the aviation security program may be waived in the following cases:

  • Your company only operates aircraft with a maximum weight of up to 5.7 tons. A submission for approval may be required in individual cases.
  • You already have a confirmation from the competent authority of your country in the EEA that you have an approved aviation security program for air carriers in accordance with the EU regulation.

The exceptions do not apply to the approval of special aviation security programs for flights to Berlin.

  • You submit the application
    • as aviation security officer or aviation security officer
    • as Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    • by proxy

If no aviation security officer has been appointed or the person submitting the application is not the aviation security officer:

  • Declaration of commitment

Please refer to the application form to find out which documents are required in your case.

There is no deadline.

  • Objection
    You can lodge an objection within 1 month.

To apply for approval of an aviation security program, please proceed as follows:

  • Go to the federal portal verwaltung.bund.de and complete the online application.
    • You will need a BundID account to complete the online application.
  • You can upload your documents directly.
  • If the information is complete, the Federal Office of Civil Aviation will provide the aviation security officer (electronically and by post) with information on the creation of an aviation security program after checking the information.
  • The aviation security officer then draws up the aviation security program and transmits it to the Federal Aviation Office via the federal portal.
  • The Federal Aviation Office will review the aviation security program and coordinate any open questions with the aviation security officer.
  • Once your application has been processed by the authority, you will receive a notification and a fee notice.

Air carriers are obliged to report all changes affecting the aviation security program to the Federal Aviation Office.

Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport Affairs (BMDV)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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