4-Oct-2013 2:04 PM

London Gatwick responds to CAA’s final proposal for regulation after Apr-2014

UK's London Gatwick cautiously welcomed (03-Oct-2013) the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) endorsement of the airport's proposed commitments framework. The airport said, "It would mark a step in the right direction to creating a more competitive operating environment for the airport and its airline partners. This new framework demonstrates Gatwick's willingness to offer a good deal for airlines. It will allow further competition amongst airports by spurring innovation and will deliver a significantly improved outcome for passengers in terms of service and price. Gatwick confirms that if the CAA eventually finds that it does not have Substantial Market Power, it will still deliver on its Commitments which will be included in the Airport’s Conditions of Use as legally enforceable contractual obligations. London Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: "The CAA's proposal to take forward our Commitments framework would deliver an improved future outcome for passengers in terms of service quality, facilities and price. We will now re-double our efforts to work with our airlines partners to make this work in the best interests of all parties, and in particular for passengers.” The CAA’s recommended price level of RPI + 0.5 % over seven years equates to an increase in core airport charges from GBP8.80 per passenger by Apr-2014 to GBP9.11 in 2020/21, ensuring Gatwick’s prices remain highly competitive. Furthermore, the Commitments framework allows for the negotiation of individual airline contracts at lower prices. Gatwick will now review the CAA’s final decision in more detail and respond fully in due course.  [more - original PR]

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