Reference Period 3 draft performance plan proposals for consultation

Closed 12 Apr 2019

Opened 14 Feb 2019


The CAA is consulting on its draft proposals for the UK’s performance plan for the period from January 2020 to December 2024 – Reference Period 3 (RP3).

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 European Union's Single European Sky Performance Scheme for Air Navigation Services and the Transport Act 2000. This legislation provides for the setting of performance targets and incentives for NERL.

Our proposals set out cost and service quality targets for NERL performance for RP3, in addition to cost targets for airspace related activities of the Met Office, Department for Transport (Eurocontrol) and the CAA. We also make proposals for NERL’s Oceanic activities for the same period.

We have also published a number of consultancy reports which we used in preparing our RP3 proposals. These are also available on the NERL licence page of the CAA website, in the ‘‘Economic Regulation for Reference Period 3 under the Single European Sky (2020-2024)’ section.

We will be holding a stakeholder consultation meeting on our proposals on 11 March, in central London. Stakeholders wishing to attend, should register their interest by sending an email to by 1 March 2019.

We welcome written comments on our proposals to be sent to by 12 April 2019.

If you would like to discuss the issues raised in the consultation document, we invite contact outside this consultation to be directed to Matt Claydon (

Please see below for the document and related appendices.


  • Commercial airlines
  • Airport operators
  • Air Navigation Service Providers


  • Economic regulation
  • Economic regulation