Create a Company in the Aviation Sector in France

Create a Company in the Aviation Sector in France

Updated on Friday 14th December 2018

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Create-a-company-in-the-aviation-sector-in-France.jpgAccording to a report issued by International Air Transport Association (IATA), France is one of the largest players in the global aviation industry. Most of the aircrafts used for commercial and passenger air transportation services are produced in France. Also, cities like Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille register record numbers of foreign citizens coming to France by air. These are also the cities hosting some of the largest airports in the country.

In order to start a business in the aviation sector in France, foreign investors must comply with the Aviation Law. Our lawyers in France can offer information on the provisions of the aviation legislation.

The French Aviation Law

Considering not all companies operating in the aviation industry in France offer commercial or passenger air transportation services, as some of them operate in the manufacturing branch of this sector, the Aviation Law does not apply to all businesses.

According to the law, an aviation company must purchase aircrafts which comply with the international safety regulations and register them with the Civil Aviation Authority within the Ministry of Transport. Also, all companies transporting passengers or goods are required to obtain an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) with the same authority.

Special requirements apply to foreign investors from non-EU countries starting a business in the aviation industry in France. Our French attorneys can explain what these requirements are.

How to register a company operating in the aviation sector in France

The company registration procedure in the case of a business operating in the aviation industry will fall under the French Commercial Code and will imply the following:

  • -           choosing a company name;
  • -          selecting a company type;
  • -          drafting the incorporation documents;
  • -          filing the documents and details about the shareholders and directors with the Trade Register;
  • -          registering for tax and VAT purposes;
  • -          applying for the relevant licenses.

It should be noted that France has many double taxation agreements which cover international air transport.

For assistance in starting a company in the aviation industry in France, you can rely on our law firm. You can also contact us for information on how to obtain the Air Operator’s Certificate.