Quinquennial Reviews of Designated Airports

Information relating to the CAA's price control reviews of airports

The CAA has powers under the Civil Aviation Act 2012 for the economic regulation of operators of airports in the UK that pass a market power test. Airports that pass the test will require an economic licence from 1 April 2014. 

Starting in May 2011, the CAA undertook market power assessments of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports. In January 2014, the CAA published its findings that Heathrow and Gatwick met the market power tests. The CAA found that Stansted did not meet the tests for services to passenger airlines at the airport. In March 2014, the CAA found that Stansted did not meet the tests for services to cargo airlines at the airport.

Further information on the CAA's market power assessments is on the following page:

Q6 licence and airport price control review

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

Consultant reports have also been commissioned, both by the CAA, and by airports and other stakeholders.

This page contains:

Granting of licences to Heathrow and Gatwick - February 2014

Notices of proposed licences - January 2014

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

Below is a recording of an investor call that explains the CAA's notices of proposed licences.

 

(You can access the recording here if the sound file isn't visible on this page)

Final proposals for consultation - October 2013

On 3 October 2013 the CAA published for consultation its initial proposals for the economic regulation of Heathrow and Gatwick.

Below is a recording of an investor call that explains the CAA's Q6 final proposals.

 

(You can access the recording here if the sound file isn't visible on this page)

Initial proposals for consultation - April 2013

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

 


 

Documents relating to all the airports

Policy update - the CAA's developing views for the most appropriate regulatory arrangements from April 2014

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


Passenger research

  • The following research was commissioned by the CAA in order 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). 
  • The CAA 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 for Q5 and Q4