Strategic outcomes for the economic regulation of NERL 2020-2024

Closed 31 May 2017

Opened 3 Apr 2017


The CAA is seeking your views on the process, strategic outcomes and the relevant issues that should shape our approach the future economic regulation of NERL in the period from 2020 to 2024. Our discussion document sets out our proposed strategic outcomes for the economic regulation of NERL for this period, on which we welcome views on all issues raised.

NATS (En Route) Plc (NERL) provides en route and certain approach air traffic services in the UK. As a monopoly, it is subject to economic regulation under the EU's Single European Sky (SES) Performance Scheme for Air Navigation Services and the Transport Act 2000. This legislation provides for the setting of performance targets and incentives for NERL.

Such targets and incentives have been set for the current regulatory period, Reference Period 2 (RP2), which runs from 2015-2019. The European Commission's preparations for RP3 (2020-2024) of the Performance Scheme are already under way.

We are also keen to engage with anyone interested in the future regulation of NERL. If you would like to discuss the issues raised in the discussion document, we invite contact outside this consultation to be directed to Matt Claydon ( or Bronwyn Fraser ( 



  • Residents affected by aviation
  • Organisations affected by aviation
  • Community groups
  • Commercial airlines
  • Military
  • Airport operators
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Industry representative bodies
  • Eurocontrol
  • Government departments
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Elected political representatives
  • European Aviation Safety Agency
  • European Commission
  • International Civil Aviation Organization


  • Aircraft noise
  • Flightpaths
  • Airspace design, categorisation and access
  • Airspace change proposals
  • Airspace investment
  • Economic regulation
  • Capacity
  • Economic regulation