Information on the CAA role in the economic regulation of UK airports and airlines.
The prime focus of the CAA's economic regulation work is to ensure that the airports at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted do not exploit their position as monopoly service providers. All three are designated by the UK Government as being in a monopoly position, in other words they do not have enough competition to be able to protect the users of the airport.
The CAA uses its role as a specialist regulator through legislation and consultation, to control the charges that these airports levy on airlines wishing to use the airport. Our work also covers ensuring that these airports meet the levels of service and standard expected by consumers - such as the setting of a minimum time for passengers to pass through airport security.