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Open a Company in the Aviation Sector in Switzerland

Updated on Friday 08th December 2017

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Open-a-Company-in-the-Aviation-Sector-in-Switzerland.jpgThe aviation industry developed in the last decades in most of the European countries, as more and more persons began using this means of transportation. Moreover, companies operating in this industry lowered the prices for commercial flights, while the number of air routes also increased. Investors interested in opening a company in Switzerland in the aviation sector will benefit from a regulated market, aiming at protecting the interests of both commercial entities and companies' clients.
 
It is important to know that the number of aviation accidents in which Swiss aircrafts were involved decreased from 60 (in 2015) to 40 in 2016, while the latter year is considered the safest year in the entire history of the European commercial aviation. Our team of company formation representatives in Switzerland can offer assistance on the business licenses which are compulsory for this activity. 
 

Legislation for Swiss aviation 

 
All legal entities performing business activities in the aviation sector are regulated by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA). The institution is in charge with providing safety regulations and enforcing aviation policies
 
In order to start the procedure of company registration in Switzerland, the investors will need to follow the regulations prescribed under the Swiss Civil Aviation Law, which is comprised by national rules of law, as well as regulations deriving from international treaties related to the taxation of such activities. 
 
Commercial companies in Switzerland operating as aviation operators are regulated by the following internal regulations: 
 
The Federal Civil Aviation Act;
The Federal Act on the Aircraft Records Register
 
In terms of international regulations, Switzerland is a contracting state of approximately 180 treaties, which can be detailed by our team of agents in company formation in Switzerland
 

Obtaining aviation licenses in Switzerland  

 
The procedure of company formation in Switzerland in the case of an aviation company will require the issuance of special licenses. Investors will need to file an application with the FOCA office, with minimum 30 days prior to starting the commercial activities. The application should also contain a business plan, the list of aircrafts that will be operated by the company, the financial statements and other documents. 
 
Aviation companies will also need to hire relevant workforce, including pilots and crew members. All pilots (regardless on the type of aircraft they will operate on) will need licenses issued by FOCA
 
Businessmen are invited to contact our team of specialists in company registration in Switzerland for further assistance on the incorporation of an aviation business
 

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