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Friday 23 September, 2011

Civil Aviation Auth.

CAA Proposes Not To Take Forward Flybe Complaint

RNS Number : 7788O
Civil Aviation Authority
23 September 2011


23 September 2011





In March 2011, Flybe formally complained to the CAA that Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) unreasonably discriminated against it and other operators of small aircraft at Gatwick. 


Flybe's complaint concerned changes to GAL's pricing structure in force from 1 April 2011, in particular that it increased landing charges significantly between April and October, but from November to March these same charges have effectively been abolished by being set at zero. Flybe expressed concern that the flat charge takes no account of the size or weight of landing aircraft.


GAL contends that the charging structure is based on objective criteria designed to ensure the most efficient use of scarce airport capacity.


After a preliminary assessment the CAA's provisional view is that GAL does have an objective justification for adopting its new charging structure. As such, the CAA is currently not minded to investigate the complaint further. However, the CAA is now consulting stakeholders on this view, and is inviting representations from interested parties before 4 November 2011.


The consultation and a full explanation of CAA's provisional view can be found at:


Notes to Editors


1.   The CAA has powers to investigate complaints such as Flybe's under under Regulation 11(1) of the Civil Aviation Authority (Economic Regulation of Airports) Regulations 1986 where airports are judged to be pursuing a course of conduct described in section 41(3) of the Airports Act 1986

2.   The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include: making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency; planning and regulating all UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines and providing advice on aviation policy from an economic standpoint.

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