Non-scheduled or charter Flight
Under Timor-Leste Civil Aviation Economic Regulations (TL CAERs): Economic Regulations of Civil Aviation in Timor-Leste of April 2021, restrictions on the sale of international non-regular air transport in Timor-Leste are outlined below:
- Non-regular international air transport companies, including air taxis, shall only operate strictly in accordance with approvals granted by the Civil Aviation Authority for the conduct of such services.
- The operator of a non-regular international air transport service may sell the capacity on a flight from Timor-Leste, either on its own account or through ticket agents and/or charter brokers acting on commission, on a per seat or on a group or space basis, provided that the customer is provided with a contract of carriage setting out applicable conditions. Copies of standard contracts must have the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority prior to being offered for sale.
- Ticket agents and charter brokers registered in Timor-Leste may enter into contracts with air transport companies for all or part of the capacity on international non-regular air transport flights, whether for passengers or cargo, or both, and may resell that capacity directly to the public on a group or seat-only basis provided that:
- There is a valid contract between the ticket agent/charter broker with an air transport company that has been submitted to and approved by the Civil Aviation Authority;
- There is a valid standard contract to be issued to customers who will fly or ship cargo on the said international flight setting out, among other things, the conditions of carriage;
- These contracts have been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority on the basis that they provide adequate protection for consumers and shippers; and
- Sale of the air travel occurs only after the Civil Aviation Authority has approved the standard form of contract.
- With no exceptions, the sale of air transport on international non-regular air services shall not be advertised as an airline service, it being in the nature of a charter contract. Such a claim shall be considered to be a deceptive practice.
- Air transport companies, ticket agents and charter brokers engaged in the sale of international air transport shall provide such statistical reports (such as flight manifest) as requested by the Civil Aviation Authority from time to time.
Requirements for non-scheduled or charter flights
Based on the Timor-Leste Civil Aviation Safety Regulation and Aeronautical Information Circular 01/21, AACTL requires all international charter flights to meet the following requirement prior to having a charter flight:
- The letter of intent to operate charter air transport service on specific routes with specified frequency and flight schedule;
- Valid Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and associated “Operation Specification” with the list of operator’s aircraft, authorized types of operation, geographical limitation for operation ( or with included Timor-Leste), authorized aerodromes in Timor-Leste, condition and restriction (if any), issued by the State of Operator;
- The certificates of registration and of airworthiness in force in respect of the aircraft (all aircraft intended to be used for Timor-Leste operation);
- The Certificate of Insurance (Hull and Liability) in force that covers Timor-Leste;
- Approval from other State Civil Aviation authority to operate charter flights operation from the specific point in their State to Timor-Leste;
- The Statement from respective civil aviation authority under whose operational control AOC had been issued, to be warrant of the safety oversight for a specific operation to/from Timor-Leste, since Timor-Leste has not yet fully established its own regulatory mechanism;
- The lease agreement with clearly defined the right and obligation of each party shall be presented to AACTL in the case that flight approval is required by operator without its own AOC (AOC Holders);
- Valid licenses, with appropriate current ratings, for the flight crew members of the aircraft mentioned in paragraph 2 (only for the operator’s initial application, and for ad-hock charter flights);
- Statement in regard to customer protection policy (including warranty);
- Operators shall specify the type of charter flights, namely, affinity charter, public charter, and single entity charter to the Civil Aviation Authority for approval;
- As per the Government of Timor-Leste’s requirement on licensing of economic activities, AACTL requires operators to present certificates of commercial registries and business activities, and proof of tax obligations from the relevant authority;
- Under TL CAERs: Economic Regulation of Civil Aviation in Timor-Leste, AACTL requires operators to submit the following documents for approval:
- Contract (agreement) between airlines/air operators and ticket agents/charter brokers;
- Contract (agreement) between airlines/air operators and Ground handling agencies;
- Contract (agreement) between airlines and fuel suppliers (if any)