Applications should be made well in advance of the proposed commencement of operations as it is important that the CAR has adequate time to process applications.
Article 10 (2) of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 provides that a licensing authority shall take a decision on an application as soon as possible, and not later than 3 months after all the necessary information has been submitted. Applications which remain dormant for more than 3 months will have to be resubmitted and the appropriate fee paid.
The above timeframe assumes that all necessary information has been received with the initial application and is sufficient for the CAR to take a decision. However, should the CAR require further information, the processing time then becomes dependent on a number of issues including how soon an applicant can respond to any queries arising. In any case, the CAR cannot issue an operating licence until the applicant has been granted an AOC which is the responsibility of the safety regulator (the Irish Aviation Authority). Therefore, it is not possible to give an average time in this regard as each application is different.