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Air Services Market

Air Services Market


The creation of the EU internal market in air services in the 1990s removed all commercial restrictions for carriers flying within the EU such as restrictions on the routes that could be served, the number of flights that could be operated and the fares that could be imposed. All EU licensed carriers are now free to operate services on any route within the Community. The Revised 3rd Air Package  - Regulation (EC) No.1008/2008 - sets down common rules for the operation of air services in the Community. Carriers whose principal place of business is in Ireland are licensed in accordance with the Regulation by the Commission for Aviation Regulation.


Rights to operate commercial air services between Ireland and States outside the European Union are subject to the existence of a bilateral Air Service Agreement under the Chicago Convention and the provisions of domestic law. 


Ireland has a significant number of bilateral Air Service Agreements with third countries and the Aviation Services & Security Division is responsible for implementation of the existing agreements and negotiating new agreements.


Click here for a list of Irelands bilateral air service agreements.


Access to air services is particularly important for Ireland as a small open island economy on the edge of Europe.  Therefore, in negotiating and managing our bilateral aviation arrangements the Departments primary objective is to facilitate and encourage as wide a range as possible of reliable, safe and competitive air services to link the State with key business and tourism markets. Enquiries regarding authorisations to operate commercial air services between Ireland and third countries can be made to Aviation Services & Security Division at:


Tel: +353 (0)1 6041048 / 49 / 50

Fax: +353 (0)1 6041699




Relevant Legislation


Regulation (EC) No. 1008/2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community


S.I. No. 426/2008 European Communities (Common Rules for the Operation of Air Services in the Community) Regulations 2008


EC Regulation 1107/2006 Concerning The Rights Of Disabled Persons And Persons With Reduced Mobility When Travelling By Air


S.I. No. 299/2008 European Communities (Rights of Disabled Persons and Persons With Reduced Mobility When Travelling By Air) Regulations 2008


S.I. No. 655/2007 Air Services Authorisation (Amendment) Order 2007


Aviation Act, 2006


Air Navigation and Transport (Indemnities) Act, 2005


EC Regulation 261/2004 Concerning Denied Boarding; Cancellation or Long Delay of Flights


Aviation Regulation Act, 2001


Air Navigation and Transport (Indemnities) Act, 2001


Air Navigation and Transport (Amendment) Act, 1998


Air Companies (Amendment) Act, 1993


S.I. No. 324/1993 Air Navigation and Transport Act, 1965 (Section 8) (No. 2) Regulations, 1993


S.I. No. 326/1993 Air Services Authorisation Order, 1993


Air Navigation and Transport Act, 1988


Air Companies (Amendment) Act, 1983


Air Companies (Amendment) Act, 1978


Air Companies (Amendment) Act, 1976


Air Companies (Amendment) Act, 1969


Air Companies (Amendment) Act, 1967


Air Companies Act, 1966


Relevant Links

Irish Airlines: Aer Arann; Aer Lingus; Cityjet; Ryanair


Irish Regional Airports: Donegal Airport; Galway Airport; Kerry Airport; Ireland West Airport (Knock); Sligo Airport; Waterford Airport


Irish State Airports: Cork Airport; Dublin Airport; Dublin Airport Authority; Shannon Airport


State Bodies: Commission for Aviation Regulation




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