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Airports Planning to Serve Air Carriers

Part 139 Airport Certification

The FAA only issues Part 139 Airport Operating Certificates (AOC) to operators of airports that currently serve applicable air carrier operations. The FAA will consider certificate applications from airport operators that provide written documentation that air carrier service will begin on date certain (as specified under § 139.107). The FAA will not issue AOCs to airport operators who are requesting an application for the sole purpose of marketing their airport to air carriers.

To ensure FAA can process an AOC application in a timely manner and anticipated air carrier operations are not disrupted, FAA encourages the airport operator planning to serve air carriers to contact the appropriate FAA Regional Airports Office as soon as possible after obtaining confirmation of air carrier operations.

Assistance Available for AOC Applicants

FAA regional offices will provide assistance to airport operators applying for Part 139 Airport Operating Certificates. They can offer guidance and support and make available advisory circulars, informational brochures, newsletters, and safety placards. Airport operators can access this support by telephone, e-mail, conventional mail, or visits to regional websites. Regional offices also will assist airport operators in applying for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds that may be used to comply with the requirement of Part 139.

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