ats (En Route) Public Limited Company provides air traffic management and airport development services. The Company offers airport safety, airspace designing, infrastructure engineering, aeronautical charting, surveillance data, safeguarding, capacity planning, and environmental reporting services. Nats (En Route) serves clients worldwide.
The CAA undertakes economic regulation of airports and NATS (En Route) plc (NERL). This page focuses on airport regulation. Information on regulation and licensing of NERL can be found here.
We provide information to prospective and current investors at Heathrow and Gatwick airport on the Investors page.
Economic regulation of airports
We assess whether airport operators have substantial market power and, where appropriate, licence those that do. Airport economic licences include conditions on price controls, specifying the quality of the services the airport operator must deliver and how much it can charge from them.
We issue certificates to airport operators that meet the statutory requirements to be classed as Statutory Undertakers.
We declare the hours of peak congestion at Heathrow and Gatwick under the Traffic Distribution Rules.
Market power assessments
In January 2014, we determined that the operators of Heathrow and Gatwick met the market power test set out in the Civil Aviation Act 2012 and therefore required a licence to recover charges for its services. We found that the operator of Stansted did not meet the test for services to either passenger and cargo airlines and therefore did not require a licence.
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