Price controls

This page contains records of our reviews of the price controls at Heathrow and Gatwick airports

We have powers under the Civil Aviation Act 2012 for the economic regulation of operators of airports in the UK that pass a market power test. In January 2014, we published our findings that Heathrow and Gatwick met the market power test. We found that Stansted did not meet the test for services to either passenger and cargo airlines.

Further information on our market power assessments is on the following page:

Q6 licence and airport price control review

Since we started price regulating airports in 1986, we have completed six five-yearly (quinquennial) reviews. The latest review (for Q6) started in June 2011 and was completed in February 2014.  Q6 started on 1 April 2014 for both Heathrow and Gatwick, and will run until 31 December 2018 for Heathrow and until 31 March 2021 for Gatwick. Our work on the current review including price control and other licence conditions is below.

Consultant reports were commissioned by us, airports and other stakeholders during the review.

This page contains:

Granting of licences to Heathrow and Gatwick - February 2014

Notices of proposed licences - January 2014

On 10 January 2014 we published for consultation draft licences for the economic regulation of Heathrow and Gatwick.

Final proposals for consultation - October 2013

On 3 October 2013 we published for consultation our final proposals for the economic regulation of Heathrow and Gatwick.

Initial proposals for consultation - April 2013

On 30 April 2013 we CAA published for consultation our initial proposals for the economic regulation of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.



Documents relating to all the airports

Policy update - our developing views for the most appropriate regulatory arrangements from April 2014

Setting the scene -
how we sought views on the key issues for the reviews of the regulation of the airports from April 2014.

Passenger research

  • We commissioned the following research to provide evidence and inform a number of work streams surrounding passenger research and information use. Qualitative research consisting of a number of focus group discussions informed the quantitative section of work, where over 2,200 people were surveyed using both standard and stated preference surveys. The report and annexes here show the results of the research (December 2011). 
  • We also interviewed over 2,700 passengers at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted in October-November 2012 and augmented this sample with over 150 qualitative interviews of older passengers in February 2013. The results of this research:CAA passenger research: satisfaction with the airport experience - Heathrow, Gatwick & Stansted is available here. (May 2013)

Previous price control reviews