Q6 Price Control Review of Stansted Airport

Information about the CAA's economic regulation work

We have 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 we consider 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 ,we published our finding that Stansted did not meet the market power test with regard to the market for passenger airlines at the airport. In March 2014, we published our finding that Stansted did not meet the test for the cargo market either.  More information about our market power assessment of Stansted is on the following page  market power assessments.

As Stansted did not pass the market power test, it has no economic licence.

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

Q6 stakeholder workshop: Stansted 27 March 2012

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

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

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