We have powers under the Civil Aviation Act 2012 for the economic regulation of operators of airports in the UK that
pass a market power test. In January 2014, we published our findings that Heathrow and Gatwick met the market power
test. We found that Stansted did not meet the test for services to either passenger and cargo airlines.
Further information on market power assessments
Since we started price regulating airports in 1986, we have completed six price control reviews.
The current control period (referred to as Q6) started on 1 April 2014 for both Heathrow and Gatwick, and will run
until 31 December 2019 (price control extended by one year in 2016) for Heathrow and 31 March 2021 for Gatwick. You can view our work on the Q6 reviews, including the
price controls and other licence conditions, on our economic licence pages for Heathrow and Gatwick.
We are currently reviewing the regulatory arrangements at Heathrow.
Consultant reports were commissioned by us, airports and other stakeholders during the Q6 reviews.
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