The Government has appointed the CAA to supervise the Operational Freedoms trial at Heathrow Airport. Operational freedoms allow the airport to deploy certain tactical measures to improve punctuality and reduce delay
The Heathrow Operational Freedoms trial stems from a recommendation by the Government's South East Airports Taskforce. The CAA was appointed by the Minister of State for Transport to independently oversee and scrutinise the industry's implementation of the Taskforce's recommendations on punctuality, delay and resillience, one of which concerned operational freedoms. For more information about the work of the Airport Performance Facilitation Group (APFG) which the CAA chaired, please click here. The APFG has now completed its work, but the CAA continues to oversee the Heathrow Operational Freedoms trial.
For information about the Heathrow Operational Freedoms trial, including the design of the trial and detailed data, please visit the Heathrow Airport website.
For information about the way the CAA is approaching its oversight role, please follow this link
The Heathrow Operational Freedoms trial was in two phases. The first phase ran from 1 Novebmer 2011 until 29 February 2012. The second phase ran from 1 July 2012 until 28 February 2013.
The CAA has produced two reports on the trial, both concerning Phase 1. The first was a mid-trial interim report, and the second was a report at the end of Phase 1, which supplemented the airport's own report on Phase 1 and made recommendations for Phase 2.
Heathrow Airport has produced a mid-trial report on the first half of Phase 2, covering the summer period 1 July until 31 October 2012.
As part of its role overseeing the two phases of the Operational Freedoms trial, the CAA was asked by the Minister of State to produce an interim report on the first phase of the trial before it ended on 29 February 2012. This interim report is based on data collected in November and December 2011. It sets out the background to the trial; the CAA's approach in overseeing it; how the trial operates; how the airport has engaged with local communities about it; how often the freedoms have been used; the measurable outcomes so far; and the main issues it has faced.
This is an interim report on the first two months of the trial's first phase and does not offer conclusions as to the trial's impact.
CAA interim report to Minister of State on first phase of the trial (please note that this version was amended 23 February 2012 to incorporate a correction to Figure 6.8)
This CAA report sets out our views on the first of two reports by Heathrow Airport on the Operational Freedoms trial. It is intended to supplement Heathrow’s report by providing an independent view on the conduct and effects of the first phase of the trial, as well as providing a number of recommendations to influence thinking on the design of the second phase which is intended to begin on 1 July 2012. The recommendations made in this supplementary report build on those made in the CAA’s interim report referred to above.
Heathrow Airport has produced a mid-trial report on the first half of Phase 2, covering the summer season part of the trial from 1 July to 31 October 2012.
In due course Heathrow Airport will produce an end-of-trial report. The CAA will supplement the airport's analysis with its own assessment of the positive and negative impacts of the measures being trialled, including noise.