UK Civil Aviation Bill Aims to Streamline Regulatory Process

    August 2012
    The Civil Aviation Bill (Bill) was introduced to the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the start of this year and sets out plans to reform the framework for the economic regulation of airports.

    The main thrust of the Bill appears to be devolution of powers in the economic regulation of the aviation industry to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which could increase the flexibility and the efficiency of the regulatory process. The Bill contains provisions for regulation of operators and services provided at major airports. The Bill also empowers the CAA in relation to antitrust/competition law. In addition, among other things, the Bill addresses matters of aviation security, regulation of flight accommodation, provision of information and the CAA’s membership.

    Our publication provides a brief overview of the principal areas addressed by the Bill.