Airport Charges Regulations 2011

Information about Airport Charges Regulations 2011

The 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:

  • consult airlines about airport charges annually
  • give at least 4 months notice of proposed changes to airport charges (unless there are exceptional circumstances)
  • provide specific information to airlines on how airport charges are calculated
  • (if practicable) announce decisions on changes to airport charges at least 2 months before they come into effect
  • consult airlines on major infrastructure projects.

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   

Consultation on guidance on the application of our powers under the Regulations

We are currently consulting on how we will interpret, monitor and enforce the obligations on airports and users in the Regulations. Links to our consultation document and draft guidance are below. Responses to the consultation should be sent to economicregulation@caa.co.uk no later than 30 June 2015.

Airports covered by the Regulations in 2015 and 2016

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.

2015

2016
Heathrow
Heathrow
Gatwick
Gatwick
Manchester
Manchester
Stansted
Stansted
Luton
Luton
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Birmingham
Birmingham
Glasgow
Glasgow
Bristol
Bristol

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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: