Scheduled air service

Scheduled air service is a series of flights where each flight is undertaken with aircraft for the carriage of passengers, cargo or mail possessing all the following characteristics:

  • on each flight seats and/or capacity to transport cargo and/or mail are available for individual purchase by the public (either directly from the air carrier or from its authorised agents);
  • it is operated so as to serve traffic between the same two or more airports, either according to a published timetable or with flights so regular or frequent that they constitute a recognisably systematic series. 

Permission to conduct scheduled air service

Foreign air carriers domiciled in a third country shall apply to the Swedish Transport Agency for approval of flight schedule (summer and winter timetable) for scheduled air service to and from Sweden, in accordance with the conditions in the air transport agreements or concession conditions. 

Swedish and EU air carriers who want to fly from Sweden to a third country shall apply to the Swedish Transport Agency for a permit to conduct scheduled air service in accordance with the conditions in the air transport agreement or the concession conditions (summer and winter timetable).

Essential requirements for all flights

Essential requirements are that the air carrier or the aircraft operator

  • pays due Swedish air fees, and
  • shows compliance with the insurance obligations arising from Regulation (EC) No 785/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators.

TCO authorisation

Third country air carriers, must have a TCO authorisation in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 452/2014 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations of third country operators. 

Permission to carry cargo from a third country (ACC3)

In accordance with Regulation (EU) 2015/1998, an approval as an air cargo or mail carrier operating into the EU from a third country (ACC3) is required. Norway, Iceland and Switzerland are equal to EU member states in this regard.

There must be an ACC3 approval for each destination. For air carriers, the authority which issued the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) is also responsible for the approval. For air carriers from a third country, the authority stated in the annex to Regulation (EU) No 394/2011 is responsible for the approval. An approval applies to traffic from the destination in question to all countries within the EU.

A valid ACC 3 approval will be a pre-requisite for the traffic permit for transport of cargo or mail.