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Friday 10 December, 2010

Civil Aviation Auth.

Price Control Decision For NA

RNS Number : 7437X
Civil Aviation Authority
10 December 2010

News Release

10 December 2010




The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published its price control decision document for the En Route part of NATS' air traffic control business (NERL) for Control Period 3 (CP3), which runs for the four years from 2011 to 2014.

The decision is in line with the formal price control proposals published by the CAA in October, and the price cap levels are those proposed in October.

Details of the October proposals can be found in the news release here: 

Today's Decision Document can be found here: 


Notes to Editors


1.   The CAA sets price controls for the En Route part of NATS' air traffic control business against its primary duty to maintain a high standard of safety and a number of secondary duties, including furthering the interests of users, taking into account the range, availability, continuity, cost and quality of air traffic services.  Separate controls are set for the Eurocontrol, London Approach and Oceanic services which constitute around 94, 2 and 4 per cent of NERL's business respectively. These price controls are normally set for five-year periods, but in order to align CP3 with the Single European Sky II review process, the CAA is proposing that the next control period runs for four years instead of the usual five.

2.   Under the Transport Act 2000, the CAA may only propose changes to NERL's licence with NERL's consent.  Otherwise, it would have to consider making a reference to the Competition Commission.  NERL has given its consent to the CAA's CP3 proposals.  

3.   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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