Information about Airport Charges Regulations 2011
The Regulations implement European Directive 2009/12/EC on airport charges into UK law. They establish a common framework by which airports consult their airline customers about airport charges, service level agreements and major infrastructure projects. The Regulations require airports to:
The Regulations also contain provisions about airlines providing information to airports, the basis for airports providing differentiated services and discrimination.
We can investigate complaints that an airport has not complied with the Regulations.
The full text of the Regulations is available on-line as follows: Airport Charges Regulations 2011
Guidance on the application of our powers under the Regulations
We have issued guidance on how we will interpret, monitor and enforce the obligations on airports and users in the Regulations. Links to our guidance and the consultation we held on it are below.
The Regulations apply to airports with more than 5 million passengers in the year two years prior to the current year. Airports with more than 5 million passengers in 2013 are, therefore, covered by the Regulations in 2015, whilst airports with more than 5 million passengers in 2014 will be covered by the Regulations in 2016. A list of these airports is below.
Recent airport conduct decisions
Until 1 April 2014 we had powers to investigate airport conduct under section 41 of the Airports Act 1986. The decisions of our recent cases (both about alleged discrimination) are shown below: