Q6 Price Control Review of Stansted Airport

Information about the CAA's economic regulation work

The CAA has powers under the Civil Aviation Act 2012 to license airport operators that pass a market power test. 

This test consists of three parts:

  • A – that the airport operator has, or is likely to acquire, substantial market power in a market, either alone or taken with other such persons as the CAA considers appropriate;
  • B – that competition law does not provide sufficient protection against the risk that the airport operator may engage in conduct that results in an abuse of the substantial market power; and
  • C – that, for users of air transport services, the benefits of regulating the airport operator by means of a licence are likely to outweigh the adverse effects.

In January 2014, the CAA published it finding that Stansted did not meet the market power test with regard to the market for passenger airlines at the airport. The CAA is currently considering whether Stansted meets the test for the cargo market.  More information about the CAA's market power assessment of Stansted is on the following page  market power assessments.

Below are documents relating to the appropriate form of regulation for Stansted.  

Q6 stakeholder workshop: Stansted 27 March 2012

The CAA sought views from the airport and airlines on its emerging thinking relating to key issues.

The Mid Q5 Review -
the CAA's review of Stansted's performance during the first two years of Q5 (2009-10 and 2010-11)

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