Trinidad and Tobago is a member of ICAO and has an international obligation to comply with the annexes to the Chicago Convention. Governed by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation [(No17) Economic] Regulations, 2016, the Department of Economic Regulation has the legal responsibility of issuing International Commercial Air Transport Licences for scheduled journeys and International Commercial Air Transport Permits for journeys other than schedule journeys. Additionally the Department of Air Transport Economic Regulation (DATER) is responsible for the issuance of Domestic Commercial Air Transport Licences, Permits and permits for Commercial Aerial Works.
Another function of the DATER is the oversight of airline customer/passenger protection in accordance with the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation [(No17) Economic] Regulations, 2016. The department also regulates the three (3) major stakeholders of the aviation industry i.e. all Airports, Airlines and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs). These must be subject to ICAO’s principles and polices in setting user charges, including transparency, consultation and cost-relatedness (ICAO Doc. 9082). However, more detailed economic regulation of user charges and service quality is often required where market power exists and can be exploited. The need for good, independent economic regulation exists whether an airport, airline or ANSP is publicly or privately owned. The stability provided by an effective regulatory framework can also attract long-term financial investment into the aviation industry. This regulatory function enables the Department to advise the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, through the Director General Civil Aviation, on the economic aspects of the aviation industry to assist in efficient decision making and planning as investment needs change.
The main functions of the Department of Air Transport Economic Regulation (DATER) include:
- Issuance of International and Domestic Commercial Air Transport Licenses and Permits
- Consumer Protection
- Statistical Research, Analysis, and Evaluation
- Oversight of Rates and Charges
- Air Services Agreements/Regulations and Policies
- Economic Review and Analysis
- Regulation/Inspection and Oversight of Air Navigation Service Provider, Airlines and Airports
Official Business Hours:
• Administrative and Regulatory Sections:
Mondays – Thursdays: 8:00am to 4:15pm
Fridays: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Closed on Weekends, Public Holidays and after business hours.
• Air Navigation Services Operations:
24 hour Service every day including Public Holidays.