Non-Scheduled Operating Permits

Thank you for your interest in operating into the Cayman Islands. Please note that all air transport operations into the Cayman Islands are subject to regulation under the UK’s Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order, AN(OT)O 2013 and as amended and updated from time to time. In particular Article 135 which provides that all foreign registered aircraft operating into the territory for valuable consideration be licensed to do so by the UK Secretary of State. This authorization has been delegated (as of September 2004) to the Governor and thereby to the Director-General of Civil Aviation for the Cayman Islands.

As such, it is vital that all aircraft operating into the territory for this purpose meets the rigid and strict safety standards and economic licensing requirements to ensure the utmost in safety for the general public being transported on these flights.

I would also like to bring to your attention that Article 94 (5) of the UK’s Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order [AN(OT))] and which stipulates “(5) No person shall hold himself or any other person out as being a person who may offer flights on an aircraft registered in the Territory for the purpose of commercial air transport unless he or (as the case may be) that other person holds a valid air operator’s certificate granted under this article.”


Article 135 of the UK’s Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order [AN(OT)O] now also provides that no operator or charterer of an aircraft to which this article applies (foreign registered aircraft) shall hold himself out as a person who may offer to take onboard or discharge any passenger or cargo in the Territory for valuable consideration unless:

  1. he does so in accordance with the permission granted under this article; and
  2. he does so in accordance with any conditions to which such permission may be subject.

As such no person or company may sell tickets for flights unless the aircraft/tour operator is holding an operating permit issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands granting them permission to operate such air transport operations.

Attached you will find an information package containing the application form, requirement list, schedule of fees and credit card authorization necessary to obtain a non-scheduled operating permit. Once the application form is completed and all documentation is in order, these can be submitted via email (the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands does however, reserve the right to request certified copies of all original documents) with the prescribed funds to The CAACI requires all documents to be submitted in English, for original documents that are originally issued in any language other than English a notarised translation must accompany copies of the original documentation.

Once all documentation has been received we will verify the validity of all documentation and the permit should be emailed to you (with a copy sent to your ground handler and to the Cayman Islands Airport Authority – CIAA) within approximately 2 days.

Please also be advised that if there is a requirement to operate outside of the CAACI’s operating hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.) or on a public holiday, you should email the required documentation to Elaine Whorms and a verbal approval will be given to the CIAA and your handler once all documents have been submitted. The physical permit will then be issued once the CAACI offices reopen.

We look forward to being of service to you and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us:

Main Office
(p) 1.345.949.7811 ext 238


Elaine Whorms
(c) 1.345.926.0487

Nikki McCoy
(c) 1.345.925.5048

Economic Regulation & Administration Division
Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands