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Operating your Business Flight to Qatar

by Admin on January 10, 2022

Qatar is a modern and rapidly developing country that has captivated the world. The country has a strong economy, the highest GPD per capita, and is one of the world’s most important business hubs. Qatar is special for having the lowest unemployment rate in the world, and the third largest reserve of natural gas.

Qatar is the home of many domestic and international organizations. The country has been making efforts to diversify its economy by investing in the construction, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. Qatar is also focused on building up its education sector by encouraging international universities to open campus in Doha.

Qatar’s popularity has only increased thanks to its status as a tourism and sports hotspot. The country has hosted many popular sporting events in the past and is the current host for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

 

Qatar Aviation & Airports

Qatar is also known for its amazing achievements in the aviation industry. Hamad International Airport is Qatar’s sole international airport and is one of the most prestigious airports in the Middle East. Hamad Airport plays a vital role in the popularity of Qatar as a tourist hotspot.

Hamad International Airport is designed to accommodate 50 million passengers and 360,000 aircraft annually, so it’s no wonder that so many business flights are operated to Qatar all year round.

 

Entry, Transit, and Departure of Aircraft

All international flights going into, from, or over the State of Qatar shall be subject to Qatar’s civil aviation regulations. These regulations coincide with the Standards of Recommended Practices contained in Annex 9 to the Convention of International Civil Aviation.

All aircraft operators are required to provide insurance in respect of passengers, cargo, baggage, and third parties in agreement to Qatar Civil Aviation Law No. 15 of year 2002. The insurance cover must not be less than the internationally recognized criteria and acceptable to Qatar Civil Aviation Authority. In addition, any and all aircraft flying into or departing from Qatar, must make their first landing or final departure from an international aerodrome.

 

Civil Scheduled Flights

Any scheduled service must be appropriately covered by a bilateral or multilateral agreement with the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority before it is permitted to operate. All scheduled flights are subject to prior approval and any airline intending to operate to Qatar with the ILYUSHIN, TUPOLVED, ANTONOV, or YAK aircraft types must provide the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority with certificates of Airworthiness, Insurance, and Radio Station License at least 72 hours before operation.

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All airline operators are required to submit their requests for scheduled flights for each IATA schedule season at least 2 months before the start of the season in order to be approved by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority. Only the designated airline operator may apply for the permission to operate scheduled flights.

Additionally, airline operators are also required to apply for approval from the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority for any revisions to their schedule filings, flight cancellations, and ad-hoc changes. These applications should be submitted to the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority at least 5 working days before any flight changes take place.

The following certificates must be valid and always carried on-board the aircraft:

  1. Certificate of Registration
  2. Certificate of Airworthiness
  3. Air Operator’s Certificate
  4. Certificate of Insurance
  5. Radio Station License
  6. Noise Certificate

 

Required Documents for Clearance of Aircraft Performing Civil Scheduled Flights

You will need to provide multiple necessary documents for clearance on entry and departure from Qatar. All documents submitted for by aircraft operators must follow ICAO standard format, to learn more details ask us for assistance on [email protected]

 

Flight Plan Submission

Aircraft operators are required to submit their flight plan at least 1 hour prior to departure for arriving flights and at least 1 hour in advance for departing flights.

 

Civil Non-scheduled Flights

Aircraft operators must obtain landing or overflying permission from Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority if they intend to operate a non-scheduled flight into Qatar for taking or discharging passengers, cargo, or mail.

The request for a non-scheduled flight must be submitted at least 72 hours before departure. The application must include the following information, in the following order:

  1. Name of the operator.
  2. Type of aircraft and registration marks.
  3. Date and time of arrival at, and departure from Doha International/Hamad International airport.
  4. Place or places of embarkation or disembarkation abroad of passengers and/or freight.
  5. Purpose of flight and number of passengers and/or nature and amount of freight.
  6. Name, address, and business of charterer, if any.
  7. Letter from the local receiving party/charterer (signed and stamped by authorized signatory on official letterhead) stating all details including purpose of flight.
  8. Name and Nationality of Lead Passenger as well as all accompanying passengers.

Additionally, the following certificates must be valid and always carried on-board the aircraft

  1. Certificate of Registration
  2. Certificate of Airworthiness
  3. Air Operator’s Certificate
  4. Certificate of Insurance
  5. Radio Station License
  6. Noise Certificate

 

Required Documents for Clearance of Aircraft Performing Civil Non-scheduled Flights

Different documents will be required for clearance of aircraft, please contact us to help you in all you flight operation at Qatar airport.

Aircraft operators are required to submit their flight plan at least 1 hour prior to departure for arriving flights and at least 1 hour in advance for departing flights.

 

 

Private Flights

Carrying out a private flight to Qatar for the purposes of private operations, business, or private transit requires the aircraft operator to obtain landing/overflying permission from Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority.

The application must include the following information, in the following order:

  1. Name, address, and nationality of the operator.
  2. Type, registration marks, and carrying capacity of aircraft.
  3. Crew Names, as well as their nationality.
  4. Purpose of flight.
  5. Name and nationality of Lead Passenger as well as all accompanying passengers.
  6. Letter from the local receiving party (signed and stamped by authorized signatory on official letterhead) stating all details including purpose of flight.
  7. Details of route, points of landing, and final destination.
  8. Date and time of arrival at, and departure from Doha International/Hamad International airport.
  9. Name, address, and telephone number of operator’s local agent.
  • Any other information that may be relevant to the proposed flight.

Additionally, the following certificates must be valid and always carried on-board the aircraft:

  1. Certificate of Registration
  2. Certificate of Airworthiness
  3. Air Operator’s Certificate
  4. Certificate of insurance
  5. Radio Station License
  6. Noise Certificate

 

Required Documents for Clearance of Aircraft Performing Private Flights

Let us help you in necessary documents for clearance on entry and departure of your private jet from Qatar. All documents submitted for by aircraft operators must follow ICAO standard format.

Private Jets operators are required to submit their flight plan at least 1 hour prior to departure for arriving flights and at least 1 hour in advance for departing flights.

 

 

Technical Landings

Aircraft operators intending to carry out a technical landing flight into Qatar must obtain permission prior to landing. The application must include the following information, in the following order:

  1. Name, address, and nationality of the operator.
  2. Type, registration marks and carrying capacity of aircraft.
  3. Purpose of flight and name of passengers.
  4. Details of route, points of landing and final destination.
  5. Date and time of arrival at, and departure from Doha International/Hamad International airport.
  6. Name, address, and telephone number of operator’s local agent (if applicable).
  7. Any other information that may be significant to the proposed technical landing.

 

Required Documents for Clearance of Aircraft Performing Technical Landings

You will need to provide multiple necessary documents for clearance on entry and departure from Qatar. Ground handling agent provides a separate Crew Clearance form which is accepted by local authorities. This form is raised in triplicate (2 copies are retained by the authority and 1 copy handed over to the crew).

Aircraft operators are required to submit their flight plan at least 1 hour prior to departure for arriving flights and at least 1 hour in advance for departing flights.

 

Air Ambulance Flights

Aircraft operators planning to carry out an Air Ambulance flight into Qatar for the purpose of medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), do not have to obtain prior permission from Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority, provided that a standard ICAO flight plan contains the required information like STS/MEDEVAC is inserted in item 18 of the flight plan,duration of the stay and the intention to take on or discharge a medical care passenger or any intended movement of on-board personnel, under RMK/ in item 18 of the flight plan.

It falls to the MEDEVAC operator to ensure that all customs and immigration requirements are completed.

 

Diplomatic Clearance for Foreign State Aircraft

All Foreign State Aircraft must obtain diplomatic clearance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if they intend on landing at or are in transit across Qatar. This is almost always the case unless alternate arrangements have been made.

Aircraft operators are required to submit their flight plan at least 1 hour prior to departure for arriving flights and at least 1 hour in advance for departing flights.

 

Test Flights

All applications for test flights are subjected to prior approval. Applications must be made at least 2 hours, but not more than 2 working days in advance. The application will not be considered if the notice is not complied with.

Test flight applications should provide the following details, in the following order:

  1. Aircraft Callsign.
  2. Aircraft Registration;
  3. Type of Aircraft.
  4. Date, time (UTC) and duration of flight.
  5. Point of Departure and Arrival.

The following documents must remain valid during the test flight:

  1. Certificate of Registration.
  2. Certificate of Airworthiness, or a permit to fly (issued by QCAA) in the absence of valid Certificate of Airworthiness.

 

Aviation Fuel

Qatar Jet Fuel Company (QJET) is the authorized fuel supplier in Qatar. Fuel charges can be paid in Qatari Riyals or USD by using either cash or a credit card. If the aircraft operator has no direct contract with QJET, then major fuel cards or fuel releases from reliable aviation fuel resellers are accepted.

The Qatar Jet Fuel Company has been involved in the aviation industry since 1990. Their core business is handling jet fuel for airlines, fuel hydrant systems, operating storage facilities, and providing plane fueling services at both Hamad International Airport (DOH, OTHH) and Doha International Airport (DIHA, OTBD).

Ground Handleing

Ground Handling Services

There is only one ground handling provider in Qatar, which will require a flight support company to handle the coordination. Operators are required to contact Qatar Aviation Services for all ground handling services.

iJET’s network and experience allow us to help you arrange for your ground operations in Qatar. It’s possible to extend credit facility for all your payments through your third-party flight support service provider.

The local ground handler does not arrange private transportation, but VIPs can arrange their transportation through chauffeured transportation services which we provide at iJET.

Qatar is a safe country to operate to. The airport is under controlled government security and no private security is allowed in.

 

 

 

Aircraft Carrying Dangerous Goods in Qatar Airports

Foreign aircraft operators cannot carry dangerous goods unless the operator is authorized to do so by the State of the Operator. Such goods can only be carried if staff are trained in accordance with technical instruction and any conditions to which such authorization may be subject.

Foreign operators flying for the purpose of public transport must ensure that all appropriate manuals contain information about dangerous goods so that ground staff and crew members can carry out their responsibilities. This information should also be provided by the foreign operator’s handling agent wherever possible.

If dangerous goods are to be carried as cargo, then the commander of the aircraft must be provided with written information about the dangerous goods and information for use in responding to an in-flight emergency.

 

Airports

All commercial flights will arrive via The Hamad International Airport (DOH). The airport is famous for its luxurious services and amenities. The Hamad International Airport (DOH) is equipped with state-of-the-art health and security measures. The Hamad International Airport (DOH) is popular with tourists as it houses some of the finest shops and restaurants in the country.

Doha International Airport (DIA) used to be Qatar’s commercial international airport before it was retired in 2014. Doha International Airport (DIA) is reopening to accommodate the increased travel demand brought on by the FIFA World Cup 2022. Doha International Airport’s (DIA) terminal and runway will be used for private jets, while most of the passenger load will be directed through The Hamad International Airport (DOH).

Both airports operate 24 hours, and both offer entry with customs and immigrations facilities available around the clock.

 

 

Visas

Aircraft crew can enter Qatar and stay for 72 hours without a visa. The crew must be in uniform, holding their company crew ID, and they must be on the flight’s general declaration. Extending crew visas beyond the 72-hour period is impossible, so it’s better to obtain a visa prior to arrival.

Citizens of over 95 countries are allowed to enter Qatar with a single-entry visa that is issued upon arrival. These countries include:

  1. Andorra, Australia, and Austria
  2. Belgium and Brunei
  3. UK and USA
  4. France and Finland
  5. Germany and Greece
  6. Iceland, Italy, and Ireland
  7. Japan and Hong Kong
  8. Luxemburg and Liechtenstein
  9. Malaysia and Monaco
  • Netherlands, New Zealand, and Norway
  • Canada, Denmark, Portugal, and Vatican
  • San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
  1. And many more, you can check your eligibility for a single-entry visa here.

This visa is valid for one month and can also be obtained by residents of other Gulf Cooperation Council countries. People of other nationalities requires a pre-entry visa before arriving in Qatar.

Airline crew must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. However, this does not apply to nationals and residents of Qatar if they are Umrah Passengers or have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

 

 

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