The CAA has powers under the GHRs which implemented the European directive on access to the ground handling market
at Community airports. The directive is intended to liberalise handling at EU airports.
Airports with over 2 million passengers a year cannot limit the number of third party suppliers of ground handling
services without permission from the CAA. the same applies at airports with more than 1 million passengers a year in
relation to self-handling airport users.
Limitations may be granted, for example, on the grounds of safety, security, capacity or available space constraints
at the airport concerned.
Airports can apply to the CAA for the number of third-party suppliers or self-handling airport users to be limited.
The information required in an application is set out in the following document:
We have published a request for information (RFI) to seek views and relevant factual information from stakeholders,
with a view to developing policy on the application of our functions under the GHRs. In due course we plan to publish
draft guidance on our role under the GHRs, which will draw on responses to the RFI, for consultation.
The attached InFocus note provides a refresher for stakeholders of the rights granted and the obligations imposed by
the GHRs in relation to third party ground handling and self-handling, together with a summary of some of the issues
which the RFI will be addressing.
Appeal to the CAA
under Regulation 20 of the Airports (Groundhandling) Regulations 1997 by Ryanair Limited against Gatwick Airport
Limited - the CAA's directions to GAL (August 2013)
Responses to draft directions
Previous decisions made by the CAA (link to National
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