Flying with passengers for a fee


The Icelandic Transport Authority would like to issue the following statement regarding the carrying of fee paying passengers in general aviation operations.

Only commercial air transport operators holding a valid air operator certificate and air operator licence are allowed to transport fee paying passengers in Iceland. A list of current AOC holders is available here.

There are three exemptions from this rule. The exemptions are flight training, cost-shared private flights and introductory flights. These exemptions are subject to stringent conditions, see more on this here.

All general aviation flights with fee paying passenger that do not fall under the above mentioned exemptions are illegal. Information on such activities can be forwarded to the following email address;

There have been some cases where operators that do not hold a current air operator certificate are offering their services on websites that advertise leisure and other services in Iceland. The Icelandic Transport Authority recommends that anyone considering to make use of such services informs themselves on what kind of services are being offered and whether the operator holds a valid AOC. In this context the Icelandic transport authority would also like to point out that safety requirements and safety levels in general aviation are not comparable to the high safety levels of commercial air transport. In addition commercial air transport generally offers more extensive insurance protection.