Statement of Policies

The CAA believes that the long term interests of users would be best served by a full liberalisation of international aviation markets.

The CAA is required by Section 69(1) of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 to publish from time to time a statement of the policies it intends to adopt in performing its functions. It is required to consult the UK air transport industry and user representatives before publishing any such statement. 

The CAA’s current Statement of Policies was published in August 2008. This states that the CAA believes that the interests of users will be best served if airlines are free to operate air services in competition with one another according to their commercial judgement, subject only to the application of normal competition policy. To this end, it believes that the long term interests of users would be best served by a full liberalisation of international aviation markets, involving the removal of all bilateral restrictions so that the airline industry can compete on the same footing as other industries.

The CAA will aim to make the UK’s international aviation markets as contestable as possible by eliminating all unnecessary restrictions within its licensing and other regulatory processes.

Revisions to the Statement of Policies

  • Further to the consultation in March 2008 referred to below the CAA published a notice in the Official Record Series 2.  This notice can be found here. As a result the CAA has revised the Statement of Policies with effect from 8 August 2008. This is the current version referred to above.
  • Following a consultation published in March 2008 the CAA revised the Statement of Policies to take account of changes in the way scarce traffic rights are distributed among eligible Community air carriers on routes to points outside the European single market.
  • Further to the revision referred to below the CAA has further revised paragraph 9 and removed paragraph 10 in respect of the regulation of air fares.  The revised Statement of Policies took effect on 7 August 2007.  This was replaced by the Statement which took effect on 8 August 2008.
  • Following a formal consultation in August 2006, the CAA published in November 2006 its decision to revise paragraphs 9 and 10 of the Statement of Policies in respect of the regulation of air fares.  The revised Statement of Policies took effect on 1 December 2006.  This was replaced by the Statement that took effect on 7 August 2007.
  • Following a formal consultation in August 2003, the CAA published in December 2003 its decision in respect of the allocation of scarce capacity.  The revised Statement of Policies took effect from 23 December 2003.  This was replaced by the Statement that took effect on 1 December 2006.
  • Following formal consultations in June 2001 and November 2001, the CAA published in March 2002 its decision in respect of global Route licences and scarce bilateral capacity.  The revised Statement of Policies took effect from 1 June 2002.  This was replaced by the Statement that took effect from 23 December 2003.