CAA Final Decision on Airport Charges and Regulation – BATA Reaction

January 10th, 2014

Simon Buck, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association (BATA), responding to the publication today of the CAA’s final decision on airport charges and regulation for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, said:

“BATA airlines remain disappointed overall with the final decision on airport charges published by the CAA today.

“BATA supports improving the passenger experience and we believe this can be done without a repeat of the incredibly steep price rises we have seen in airport charges in the last few years. Prices at Heathrow are triple the level they were ten years ago and we believe there should be far deeper cuts in charges applied to each passenger at this airport for the next five year period instead of a further hike as is being permitted.

“At Gatwick, BATA airlines welcome the CAA’s decision that the airport requires continued regulation through an airport licence and that the costs of any second runway would be included in the licence in order to allow for scrutiny by the regulator.

“CAA’s announcement that its regulatory oversight will also now extend to the development of robust plans to deliver operational resilience to major disruption should also be welcomed.”