We have powers under the Civil Aviation Act 2012 for the economic regulation of airport operators that pass the
market power test in the Act. In February 2014 we granted a licence to Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL). The licence
includes commitments that GAL gave on airport charges for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2021.
The licence, an operator determination, our notice granting the licence and supporting documentation, and documents
relating to our licensing of GAL are below:
More information on the market power assessment and the initial licence conditions (including the commitments) are
on the market power assessment and price control pages accordingly.
Licence conditions can be modified in two ways:
Any modifications to the licence will be shown on our public register with a link from this page.
GAL is obliged to produce an operational resilience plan under its licence. Documents relating to the requirement are below:
GAL pays rebates to airlines if its service quality does not reach specific standards. Details of its performance against the standards are on the Gatwick airport website.
The current regulatory controls on the charges and services that Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) offers to airlines, and ultimately to consumers, are due to expire on 31 March 2021.
have therefore launched a review (called 'G7') of the appropriate regulatory
arrangements that should be put in place after that date. We
published an initial consultation in June 2018, an update letter in October
2018 and a further consultation in October 2020.
Economic regulation of Gatwick Airport Limited: consultation on new commitments (CAP1973)
Consultation on the economic licensing of Gatwick Airport (CAP 1684)
In 2014 we adopted a new approach to regulating the charges and services Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) offers to airlines, based on a set specific commitments given by GAL. We carried out a review of this new framework in the second half of 2016, to consider whether it was operating in
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