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Fit to Fly - Information

When you are planning to Fly- and “fit to fly” requests/ medical clearance

Your airline may request medical clearance if you request assistance for your journey. You will be asked to provide information about your situation or condition.

As your GP, it is not within our professional competence to make recommendations on whether you are fit to fly.

Further advice on this subject can be sought here on the Civil Aviation Authority's website:

We undertake to provide you free of charge with a written copy of any medical information contained in your record for you to present to the airline in order for you to seek from them assurances that they are willing to accept you as a passenger and are able to offer any necessary assistance during your journey.

Any letter produced specifically to assist you in this matter is non-NHS work and therefore, subject to a fee, and produced at the discretion of the clinician. A minimum of 2 weeks is required to consider such requests.

Most airlines provide information on their website for passengers who have medical conditions which may affect their fitness to fly, including any specific requirements the airline has for medical clearance or provision of ‘fit to fly’ certificates.

The final decision on whether to accept a passenger for flight is the legal responsibility of the airline / aircraft commander.

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