Civil Aviation Directorate of the Republic of Serbia (Directorate) is authorized to grant approvals to foreign operators to operate international commercial air services (unless otherwise provided for in a ratified international agreement), special approvals for transport or exemptions from forbiddance of the transport of dangerous goods by air, as well as approvals for the transport or transit of armament and military equipment. 

Directorate approves flying displays, operations within the restricted areas, as well as the use of unmanned aircraft. 

I.   Approvals in accordance with the Article 91 of the Air Transport Law (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 73/10, 57/11, 93/12, 45/15, 66/15-other law and 83/18):

Operation of commercial air transport

1.   Approval to foreign operators for the operation of scheduled air services and for the operation of series of more than 4 charter flights;

Request for granting an approval to operate scheduled air services with the Republic of Serbia shall be submitted separate for summer and winter traffic periods, not later than 30 days before the planned day of the first flight. 

Request for the operation for series of more than 4 charter flights, shall be submitted not later than 15 working days before planned operation of the first flight.

The operator  which applies to operate scheduled air services or series of 4 or more charter flights with the Republic of Serbia for the first time or it did not operate such services for longer than 5 months shall also submit filled Foreign Operator Questionnaire. 
Questionnaire from is available here (Foreign operator questionnaire)
 
The request could be submitted by post or e-mail. 

Along with the request, the operator provides following documents: 
  • Air Operator Certificate, with Operation Specifications;
  • Operating Licence, if applicable;
  • Insurance Certificate or the other certificate on insurance from passenger, baggage, third party and cargo legal liability;
  • its security programme, as well as an approval of such a programme issued by the competent state authority of the operator;
  • in case of charter flights, the copy of the contract of carriage between the operator and the orderer of carriage;
  • in case of scheduled air services,  the copy of the designation for the operation of scheduled air services if the Republic of Serbia concluded the international agreement prescribing such prior designation. 

2.   Approval to foreign operators for the operation of individual charter flights, series of up to 4 charter flights or the operation of aero-taxi flight or urgent medical flight 

Request for these types of non-scheduled air services shall be submitted in free form by post, e-mail, fax or through aviation communication systems (SITA/AFTN). 

Request for granting an approval to operate single charter flight or series to up to 4 flights  shall contain following data:
  1. Aircraft operator’s name and address;
  2. Purpose of flight(s);
  3. Date of operations;
  4. Flight number;
  5. Aircraft type and registration;
  6. Data on departure and arrival aerodromes, as well as on times of departure and arrival;
  7. Name and address of a party ordering the transport and in case or cargo operations consignor/consignee as the owner of cargo.
Request for granting an approval to operate aero-taxi flight or urgent medical flight shall contain following data:
  1. Aircraft operator’s name and address;
  2. Purpose of flight(s);
  3. Date of operations;
  4. Flight number;
  5. Aircraft type and registration;
  6. Data on departure and arrival aerodromes, as well as on times of departure and arrival. 
Request for granting an approval to operate non-scheduled commercial air services with the Republic of Serbia to foreign operator shall be submitted to the Directorate within the following terms:
  • for individual charter flights, not later than 3 working days before planned operation of the first flight;
  • for series of up to 4 charter flights, not later than 7 working days before planned operation of the first flight;
  • for series of more than 4 charter flights, not later than 15 working days before planned operation of the first flight.
  • for aero-taxi flight, not later than 1 working day before planned operation of the flight.
  • for urgent medical flight, not later than 6 hours before planned operation of the flight. 
Along with the request, the operator provides following documents: 
  • Air Operator Certificate, with Operation Specifications;
  • Operating Licence, if applicable;
  • Insurance Certificate or the other certificate on insurance from passenger, baggage, third party and cargo legal liability;
  • Airworthiness Certificate and, if applicable, Airworthiness Review Certificate;
  • in case of charter flights, the copy of the contract of carriage between the operator and the orderer of carriage, and in case of charter cargo flights, also a written confirmation or document identifying the cargo (e.g. Packing List of Air Waybill).
In case it has not been agreed under the relevant international agreement that it is feasible to use the traffic rights necessary for performing the required commercial air services, the operator who intend to operate a single flight or a series of up to 4 flights transporting passengers, except for urgent medical flight, provides, along with the request, a declaration of recognition for the domestic operators authorised and trained to perform the requested commercial air services.

Exceptionally, if the request for granting an approval to operate charter services is submitted for the deportation of the citizen of the Republic of Serbia, the applicant shall not provide the contract of carriage, as Directorate submits the copy of the request to the ministry in charge of internal affairs in order to get confirmation that the persons to be transported on that flight will be accepted.

3.   Common requirements with regard to the approval to foreign operator to operate commercial air services

Upon issuing the approval, foreign operator has to obtain separate approval by the Directorate if it intends to: 
  • change the type of aircraft, unless the change is caused by the unforeseen circumstances; 
  • flight schedule change relating to the total amount of the approved services;
  • change of departure and arrival aerodrome in the Republic of Serbia;
  • change of departure and arrival aerodrome in the other state, in such change is of a significance to the use of traffic rights by the applicant or it affects the rights of the domestic operators.

Foreign operator which operates commercial air services with the Republic of Serbia without the corresponding approval issued by the Directorate shall be held liable for the misdemeanor, as established by the Law.

II.   Approvals in accordance with the Article 205 of the Air Transport Law

Transport of Dangerous Goods

  1. Decision approving the transport of specific types of dangerous goods originating from the Republic of Serbia in cases specified in the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Doc. 9284);
  2. Exemption from forbiddance of the transport of dangerous goods by air.
Request for issuing the approval or exemptions shall be submitted in free form by post, e-mail, fax or through aviation communication systems (SITA/AFTN).
  1.  When requesting for issuance of the approval for the transport of specific type of dangerous goods specified as A1 and A2 in Chapter 3 of the Technical Instructions, the applicant shall provide data on dangerous goods (UN, Class, Quantity and Packing Insctructions). 
  2. When requesting for issuance of the exemption from forbiddance of the transport of dangerous goods by air, along with the data on dangerous goods (UN Number, Class, Quantity)  the applicant shall also clearly specify the reasons of requesting the exemptions, following the reasons given in Technical Instructions:
  • Extreme urgency;
  • When other forms of transport are inappropriate;
  • When full compliance with the prescribed requirements is contrary to public interest.
The applicant shall clearly specify the Packing instructions and provide the risk assessment, in order to establish if the equivalent level of safety to the level of safety provided in Technical Instructions is achieved. 

Exemption from forbiddance of the transport of dangerous goods by air has the validity period of 10 days from the date specified in the exemption. 

Operator that carries out the transport of articles and substances contrary to the Article 205 of the Air Transport Law shall be held liable for the misdemeanor, as established by the said law.


III.   Approvals in accordance with the Article 10 of the Air Transport Law and the Regulation on Unmanned Aircraft (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 108/15)

Unmanned aircraft flights

Directorate issues approvals for: 
  • unmanned aircraft flights in the part of the air space further than 5 km from the airport reference point in Class D of the air space (Article 7(1) of the Regulation);
  • unmanned aircraft flights on the height of more than 100m above ground (Article 8(2) of the Regulation);
  • unmanned aircraft flights in commercial purposes in areas III and IV* (Article 8(4) of the Regulation);
  • dropping and discharging liquids and objects from unmanned aircraft of the transport of the load not being the element of the structure or the equipment of the unmanned aircraft (Article 9(3) of the Regulation)
Area III: populated area, with constructions designed for continued human habitation;
Area IV: densely populated area, urban or central city zones and all areas where great number of people are gathering

Request for approving unmanned aircraft flights shall be submitted to Directorate by post or e-mail, at least 10 days prior to the planned flight and shall contain o date and place of flight (with precise coordinates, if possible in table form), operator and operator on the ground and the unmanned aircraft.

Note: unmanned aircraft flight can only be operated in the allocated air space, i.e. in the part of the air space determined by the air traffic service provider. 

The unmanned aircraft operator shall submit, for each flight, the request for allocation of airspace to the Civil-Military Coordination Unit within the Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services SMATSA llc.

A legal entity or a natural person who uses an unmanned aircraft in such a way as to endanger the safety of air traffic or contrary to the requirements of the Regulation on Unmanned Aircraft shall be held liable for the misdemeanor, as established by the Law.

IV.   Approval in accordance with the Article 13 of the Air Transport Law 

Flying in Restricted Area

Directorate issues the approval for the flight by aircraft in restricted area, upon obtaining the opinion of the ministry in charge of defense and the ministry in charge of internal affairs.

Order on determination of the restricted area LY R8 Beograd, as well as the conditions for operations of aircraft in a restricted area LY R8 Beograd (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 47/16 and 48/16-corr) determines the restricted area LY R8 Beograd: well as the conditions for operations of aircraft in a restricted area LY R8 Beograd, except for special purpose operations.

The request for flying in LY R8 Beograd shall be submitted to the Directorate by post, email or fax 30 days prior to the intended start of operations and shall include an explanation of the reasons for flying in LY R8 Beograd as well as data on the date, time and method of performing the intended operations, precise flight data in LY R8 Beograd, aircraft and crew, specific aircraft equipment, as well as established procedures in emergency situations.

A legal entity or a natural person who operates an aircraft in a restricted area without the approval issued by the Directorate  or contrary to the conditions for conducting operations within a restricted area shall be held liable for the misdemeanor, as established by the Law.

V.   Approval in accordance with the Article 98 of the Air Transport Law

Flying Displays

Directorate approves flying displays if the requirements related to the safe conduct of the planned aviation activities have been complied with  and if the airspace management cell allocates the airspace to the flying display organizer for that purpose.

Request for approving flying displays shall be submitted to the Directorate by post, by e-mail or by fax and shall contain basic information about the display (such as: display program, aircragft data, participants, organizer and responsible persons, medical and fire safety) required to check the fulfillment of conditions for safe conduct of display. 

A legal entity or a natural person who holds flying display without the approval issued by the Directorate, or if theairspace management cell has not allocated the airspace for that purpose shall be held liable for the misdemeanor, as established by the Law.

VI.   Approvals in accordance with the Law on export and import of Armament and Military Equipment (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 107/14): 
 
  1. Аpproval for the transport of the armament and military equipment by air from and to the territory of the Republic of Serbia (Article 30, paragraph 2); 
  2. Аpproval for the transit of the armament and military equipment by air over the territory of the Republic of Serbia (Article 31, paragraph 2).
Request for the transport and transit of armament and military equipment can be submitted by either operator, consignor/consignee or freight forwarder, at least 5 working days prior to the planned flight on which the armament or military equipment would be transported
 
 
Approvals for the transport or transit of armament and military equipment remain valid within the 3 days from the date specified in the approval, in case where only the date of transport is changed.

A legal entity or an entrepreneur conducting the business of exporting or transport and transit shall be held liable for the misdemeanor if it does not get all the necessary consent, obtain approvals and licenses for transport and transit of armament and military equipment in accordance with Articles 30 and 31 of the Law on export and import of Armament and Military Equipment and shall be fined in the amount of by up to 20 times the value of the goods, i.e. services which are the subject-matter of the misdemeanor, while not exceeding 5 times the maximum amount of fines prescribed by the Misdemeanor Law.  

CONTACTS AND WORKING HOURS
 
Flight Permissions Group contacts are as follows: 

SITA: BEGOMYА 
AFS: LYBNYAYX
Fax : +381 11 311 75 18
Telephones:
+381 11 292 7016,
+381 11 292 7019,
+381 11 292 7047. 

Flight Permissions Group working hours аrе: Monday–Friday 07:30–15:30, local time; holidays excluded.

Exceptionally, in case of submitting the application for grating an approval to operate urgent medical flights out of the working hours specified in this point, the applicant can get information on following phone numbers: +381 64 803 3579 or +381 64 803 3573.