Air Service Licensing

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) is mandated to license all air services in the country. In executing this and its other responsibilities, KCAA is guided by the provisions of the relevant statutes, including: the Civil Aviation Act, 2013 and the Civil Aviation (Licensing of Air Services) Regulations, 2018.

Licensing requirements

Any person looking to apply for a new ASL should fill in and submit the ASL Application Form (PDF) The minimum requirements for acceptance of an application for each type of license and applicable fees are available on the form.

Generally, all applicants for air service licenses should meet the following minimum conditions:

  • The entity should be registered in Kenya.
  • Have a duly registered office and permanent premises in Kenya.
  • Provide details of shareholders and directors.
  • Issue at least 51% of its shares to Kenyans.
  • Provide evidence of compliance with tax requirements.
Licensing procedures

An application for an ASL will require a minimum of 120 days to process. KCAA will only initiate the evaluation process of an application upon receipt of complete submission together with the prescribed fees. An incomplete application may result in a delay in processing and possible rejection. The latest KCAA decisions relating to ASL can be found here.

Once an application is accepted, it undergoes processing, which may include publication in the Kenya Gazette and a public hearing in accordance with the law. At the conclusion of the licensing process, an applicant is advised of the outcome in writing.

Application forms

Click below for the relevant Air Service License application form:

Application submission

Submit your application package to our Air Transport Department offices:

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Aviation House, Tower B, 2nd floor