Air Traffic Services

Air Traffic Services

An Air Traffic Services Licence issued by ComReg is required for the possession and use of apparatus for wireless telegraphy, not installed on aircraft that uses the frequencies assigned to the aeronautical services, excluding Aeronautical Radionavigation and Radiolocation.

“Air Traffic Services” describes ground based equipment and systems utilising apparatus for wireless telegraphy, operating in the aeronautical frequency bands that are used or intended to be used in connection with the safety, security or operation of aircraft in flight or on the ground, and excludes public electronic communications networks and Radiodetermination Services.

The Commission for Communications Regulation’s (ComReg) will issue An Air Traffic Services licence in respect of a system, or combination of systems, not installed on aircraft, that use aeronautical frequencies (excluding Aeronautical Radionavigation and Radiolocation) owned and operated by a single entity. Licences are issued for the lifetime of the apparatus.


More information can be found in our guidelines document –Air Traffic Services Guidelines ComReg doc 11-07R1

Application Form

To apply for a licence please download the Air Traffic Services Application Form 11-07bR2

Applications should be submitted via email to

Before applying to ComReg, all applicants must contact the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to obtain a Frequency Assignment Document. This document must accompany all Air Traffic Services applications to ComReg.

IAA frequency assignments are conditional on the applicant applying to ComReg for a Wireless Telegraphy licence within 30 days of the receipt of the assignment and are considered invalid after 30 days if an application is not received by ComReg.

The Frequency Assignment Document, as obtained from the IAA, must accompany all Air Traffic Services Licence applications to ComReg. This document will be inserted as Part 2 of the eventual Air Traffic Services Licence granted by ComReg.

To obtain a Frequency Assignment Document, please contact the IAA at


The fees payable for an Air Traffic Services Licence are:

  • New Application – €500
  • Licence Amendment  – €30


The Regulations governing the issue of Air Traffic Services licences are the;