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Publication

The carriage of munitions of war on civil aircraft

Published: 30 January 2020
From: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Background

    A. The 1944 Chicago Convention is the main treaty governing international civil aviation, and Article 35 of this Convention states that no civil aircraft may carry Munitions of War (MW), in the sovereign territory of a state, without the permission of that state. This is implemented in Irish law in the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders, 1973 and 1989. Under these Orders, the carriage of MW is prohibited on any civil aircraft in Irish sovereign territory/airspace and on Irish registered civil aircraft, wherever they may be, unless an exemption for such carriage is granted by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.
    B. The 1944 Chicago Convention and the above mentioned Irish legislation apply to civil aircraft only. State aircraft, including military aircraft, are outside the remit of the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport.

Applying for an exemption

    A. Civil Air Ireland in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is available to answer queries and process applications for the carriage of MW on civil aircraft in Irish sovereign territory/airspace and on Irish registered civil aircraft wherever they may be.
    B. Civil Air Ireland is available for processing MW applications and queries during regular office hours:

Office hours (times are GMT)

    Monday to Thursday 0900hrs - 1745hrs
    Friday 0900hrs - 1715hrs
    Weekends and holidays The email address detailed below is monitored by a duty officer during these periods

Contact details

    Primary telephone 00353 1 604 1549
    Secondary telephone 00353 1 604 1048
    Email exemptwm@dttas.gov.ie
    Postal address MW Exemptions, Civil Air Ireland, Aviation Services Division, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, Ireland, D02 TR60

    C. Applications to carry MW must detail specifically what is being carried, why and for whom, providing as much detail as possible.
    D. Emails are the preferred medium of correspondence.
    E. Applications must be submitted, using the form provided below only, a minimum of 2 working days’ prior to the intended date of departure of the flight(s) concerned. If possible, a greater notice period is appreciated.
    F. Applications submitted on a Friday may only begin to be processed the following Monday, therefore, weekends and holidays are not considered sufficient notice.
    G. If the packaging of MW, also classified as Dangerous Goods (DG), does not comply with ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, the applicant must provide a copy of the exemption issued by the State of Origin of the flight/the State of Registration of the air operator, as applicable.
    H. If any of the MW, also classified as DG, is listed as forbidden in ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, the applicant must provide a copy of the exemption issued by the State of Origin of the flight/the State of Registration of the air operator, as applicable.
    I. If, after an exemption has been granted or an application has been made, there is a change to the MW carried, the aircraft used, the route flown, timings (outside of the 3 day period granted exemptions are valid for) or if the flight has been cancelled, this must be immediately communicated to Civil Air Ireland.

Statistics

Each month, Civil Air Ireland publishes information pertaining to the number of applications received for the carriage of MW on civil aircraft, and of those, which were granted, refused or cancelled.

Related links

Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention)

Statutory Instrument No. 224/1973 - Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, 1973

Statutory Instrument No. 130/1989 - Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) (Amendment) Order, 1989

Related documentation

Application Form – MW Exemption

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2016 Munitions of War Statistics

2016 Monthly Figures for Munitions of War Exemptions issued under the Air Navigation Order, 1973,

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2017 Munitions of War Statistics

2017 Monthly Figures for Munitions of War Exemptions issued under the Air Navigation Order, 1973.

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2018 Munitions of War Statistics

2018 Monthly Figures for Munitions of War Exemptions issued under the Air Navigation Order, 1973,

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2019 Munitions of War Statistics

2019 Monthly Figures for Munitions of War Exemptions issued under the Air Navigation Order, 1973,

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