The recovery of costs associated with obtaining planning permission for new runway capacity: initial proposals

Closed 12 Sep 2016

Opened 27 Jul 2016


This document sets out for consultation the CAA’s initial proposals on the regulatory treatment of the costs associated with Gatwick Airport Limited or Heathrow Airport Limited obtaining planning permission for the development of new runway capacity. The charges that both airport operators can levy on airlines are subject to economic regulation under the terms of a licence granted by the CAA under the Civil Aviation Act 2012.

These initial proposals have been developed in a way that enables them to be applied to any of the three short-listed options currently being considered by the Government for the location for new runway capacity in the south-east of England: namely the Heathrow northwest third runway, Heathrow extended north runway (Heathrow Hub) and the Gatwick second runway.

We welcome views on the initial proposals set out in this document. Any comments on our proposed approach should be sent to by no later than noon on Monday 12 September 2016.

Representations will be made available on our website. Any material considered confidential should be clearly marked as such. Please note that we have powers and duties with respect to disclosure of information under section 59 of the Act and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Why your views matter

The Government indicated on 30 June 2016 that a decision on the location of new runway capacity would be made around October 2016. We consider that we should use the available time until then to take views from stakeholders on the regulatory treatment of planning costs.


  • Commercial airlines
  • Airport operators
  • Industry representative bodies


  • Economic regulation