Information on our work and strategic objectives
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is a public corporation, was established by Parliament in 1972 as an independent specialist aviation regulator and provider of air traffic services (the air traffic control body NATS was separated from the CAA in the late 1990s and became a public / private partnership organisation in 2001).
The UK Government requires that the CAA’s costs are met entirely from its charges on those whom it regulates. Unlike many other countries, there is no direct Government funding of the CAA’s work.
The CAA regulates (approximately):
We have two main offices, in London on the Kingsway and close to Gatwick Airport. Our airspace, consumer policy and ATOL teams are all based in London, with colleagues regulating safety mostly based in Gatwick and a series of smaller regional offices.
Our work is focussed on:
As a wholly owned subsidiary of the CAA, CAA International (CAAi) is a leading, globally recognised aviation consultancy company that delivers and promotes best practice in aviation governance and education. CAAi provides technical advisory services across a range of aviation related activities, environmental consulting, professional training, aviation examination services and certification against internationally recognised quality management standards. CAAi's work contributes to enhancing safety standards worldwide.