As well as the privileges of the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), the holder of an Airline Transport Pilot Licence may act as commander of a multi-crew aircraft under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).
An applicant for an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) must be at least 21 years of age and hold a valid class 1 medical certificate. They must have also completed the mandatory theoretical and flight training with have at least 1500 hours of flight time.
Where a simulator is permitted, a maximum of 100 hours (25 of which may be in basic instrument training devices) may be credited towards the issue of the licence.
Of the 1500 hours, the applicant is to have completed the following:
- 250 hours as PIC of which 150 may be PICUS (Pilot In Command Under Supervision)
- 200 hours cross country of which 100 must be as PIC or PICUS
- 75 hours instrument time of which not more than 30 may be Instrument Ground Time
- 100 hours night flight as PIC or Co-Pilot and 500 hours in multi-pilot operations in aeroplanes with a maximum take-off weight of at least 5700 kg.