Air Navigation and Transport Act 2022


Objects of IANS

14. (1) The principal objects of the IANS shall be stated in its memorandum of association to be—

(a) to operate and manage air navigation services in a safe and efficient manner and to facilitate their use,

(b) subject to section 68 of the Act of 1993, to provide, operate and manage, or arrange for the provision, operation and management of, air navigation services in Irish and other airspace,

(c) to such extent as the IANS considers appropriate, to operate and manage terminal services at State aerodromes and licensed aerodromes,

(d) to provide, operate and manage aeronautical communications services in accordance with the agreement set out in the Exchange of Notes between the Government of Ireland and the Government of the United Kingdom relating to the Oceanic Control Centres at Shannon and Prestwick which entered into force on the 1st day of April, 1966, and any agreement, whether made before or after 8 December 1993, amending or replacing that agreement and to provide, operate and manage other aeronautical communications services,

(e) to impose charges for the use of services provided by the IANS,

(f) to advise, on its own initiative or at the request of the Government, the Minister or another Minister of the Government or any other person in relation to any matter to which a function of the IANS relates,

(g) to take such measures as it considers necessary or expedient to give effect to the purposes of—

(i) the Eurocontrol Convention,

(ii) international agreements or conventions to which the State is a party,

in so far as those purposes relate to matters to which functions of the IANS relate,

(h) to attend (by its directors or staff) whether alone or with others, at meetings with, or arranged or organised by, international organisations or governments of other states in so far as the meetings relate to matters to which functions of the IANS relate,

(i) to undertake research and development respecting the environment, and branches of science, in so far as the research and development relates to matters to which functions of the IANS relate, on its own behalf or on behalf of others,

(j) to undertake, or participate with others, including governments of other states, in, activities which are related to matters to which its functions relate, are consistent with its other objects and will, in the opinion of the IANS, enhance its effectiveness and profitability,

(k) to provide, in relation to matters to which its functions relate, such consultancy, advisory and training services in and outside the State as the IANS thinks fit,

(l) to provide aeronautical rescue co-ordination for search and rescue services within the search and rescue region in relation to rescue co-ordination centres, rescue co-ordination sub-centres and joint rescue co-ordination centres established by the State pursuant to Annex 12 to the Chicago Convention, and

(m) to utilise, manage and develop the resources available to it in a manner consistent with the objects set out in paragraphs (a) to (l).

(2) Nothing in this section shall prevent or restrict the inclusion among the objects of the IANS, as stated in its memorandum of association, of all such objects and powers as are reasonably necessary or proper for or incidental or ancillary to the due attainment of the principal objects set out in subsection (1) and are not inconsistent with this Act or with the active promotion of air navigation safety and the orderly development of civil aviation.

(3) Any function conferred on the IANS by or under this Act and which, immediately before the vesting day, was a function of the IAA, shall, upon that day, cease to be a function of the IAA and stand vested in the IANS.

(4) In this section—

“licensed aerodrome” means an aerodrome in respect of which a licence under Article 6 of the Irish Aviation Authority (Aerodromes and Visual Aids) Order 2008 (S.I. No. 355 of 2008) is in force;

“terminal services” has the meaning assigned to it by section 2 of the Act of 1993.