Overflight Fees In Latin America
Many countries in Latin America charge fees for flying through their airspace even if you are not landing in their country. These overflight charges are essentially user fees for air traffic control and navigation services and vary from country to country.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Doc 7100, The Tariffs for Airports and Air Navigation Services, lists airport and air navigation services charges (including overflight fees if any), for each of its member countries. Your Jetex representative can also provide updated fee information.
Bolivia and Colombia
Both countries assess overflight fees calculated from a formula that takes into consideration the distance flown in their airspace, the aircraft weight in metric tons, and a fixed factor. The result is a fee payable in US dollars. Both countries require overflight permits; for Bolivia, you must apply for the overflight permit on company letterhead prior to the flight.
Argentina and Brazil
These two countries do not assess overflight fees. In fact, both Argentina and Brazil do not even require an overflight permit. However, you must notify Brazil’s aviation authority prior to the flight. You will not receive a permit number, but the flight will be registered.
Chile assesses en-route air navigation charges based on aircraft weight and kilometers flown over Chilean territory, and then doubles this charge if you simply overfly the country without landing at a Chilean airport. A Chilean overflight permit must be applied for in advance.
Cuba assesses fixed overflight fees based on aircraft weight and the route taken (either over Cuban territory or using Oceanic routes). See the ICAO Doc 7100 for the most recent table of charges.
Mexico’s air navigation charges are assessed according to a formula based on the aircraft’s wingspan and distance flown in kilometers. An additional charge is assessed for both Aeronautical Information Service and air traffic control services provided outside of normal working hours. Overflight permits are required in advance of the flight.
Fees are paid through Mexico’s SENEAM program. If you land in Mexico, you pay the SENEAM fee through your aviation fuel uplift charge. But if you simply overfly Mexican territory without landing or purchasing fuel at a Mexican airport, you must calculate and pay the fee yourself. Fees must be paid through a Mexican bank. Failure to pay fees can result in the aircraft being turned away from Mexican airspace or detained upon landing until fees (often with additional taxes and interest) are paid. Your Jetex representative can help you obtain permits, calculate and process the overflight fees payment required.
Peru requires an overflight permit and bills air navigation charges directly to the operator named in the permit after the flight. An additional 15 percent administrative fee is imposed on charges billed through Flight Service. Overflight charges are based on the aircraft maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) with a minimum charge of 25 USD.
According to Venezuela’s Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), the country’s aviation authority has instituted a pre-payment system for overflight of its airspace. Register at www.inac.gob.ve by clicking on “SITGA” and then following instructions. If Spanish is not your native language, your Jetex representative can do this on your behalf.
Overflight charges are based on the weight of the aircraft and total kilometers flown in Venezuelan airspace.
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Alternatively, read more about other permits and permissions required when flying to the Americas.