The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published for consultation its provisional decision on a complaint from Flybe about Gatwick Airport. Flybe complained to the CAA that Gatwick’s restructuring of its summer landing charges in April 2011 unreasonably discriminated against it, and other operators of small aircraft at Gatwick.
The CAA has investigated Flybe’s complaint and has provisionally concluded that Gatwick’s objective in re-structuring its charges (increasing the efficient use of its single runway), justified its decision to make the changes Flybe challenged.
The provisional decision sets out that while some passengers are likely to be harmed from Gatwick’s changes to its charging structure, the numbers involved are likely to be small and the adverse effects were balanced by benefits to other passengers.
Consultation responses are required by 19 October 2012.
The provisional decision document can be found on the CAA website here: Gatwick charges provisional decision
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.Notes to Editors
1. In April 2011, Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) re-structured its airport charges, increasing its Summer landing charges by 62.5%, whilst reducing Winter landing charges to zero for most aircraft and leaving per passenger charges unchanged.
2. Flybe initially complained to the CAA on 29 March 2011.
3. The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its regulatory activities range from making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards to preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency.