What is cabotage?
The term cabotage refers to the transport or travel of cargo or passengers from one destination to another, for a fee, within the same country. In private aviation, the term applies to private jets and turboprop planes, as well as any other type of aircraft that flies passengers by jet charter or hire from one point to another. While flying on a charter airplane, the aircraft must adhere to the rules and laws for air travel within that given country. These rules not only apply to specific operational requirements for the aircraft, but also to any passengers flying aboard the jet charter. Most countries have strict guidelines for who can fly and under what conditions they can fly by turboprop or private jet. That’s why it’s always a good idea to choose a trusted flight broker to ensure that the aircraft you charter adheres to all cabotage guidelines for flight travel in your respective country. For example, ARGUS- and Wyvern-rated aircraft operators who charter private jets and airplanes will adhere to cabotage rules for private flight charters within the United States.