Statutory charges 2018/19 consultation

Closed 8 Feb 2018

Opened 16 Nov 2017

Results expected 17 Mar 2018

Feedback updated 16 Mar 2018

We asked

For comments from industry on the following main proposals:

  • A general price increase of 2.6% across all Schemes of Charges in 2018/19;
  • Proposals of specific charges to cover our costs in four areas where we are undertaking new activities, being
  1. Cyber Programme
  2. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
  3. Markets and Competition Work
  • Proposals for revised charge concessions in respect of air displays held for charitable purposes and further clarification regarding multiple events.


You said

This document includes the comments received and the outcome: CAA Response

We did

We are grateful for those submissions received and after CAA Board discussion, we propose to implement all proposals made subject to three amendments.

  • Markets and Competition Work – reduced funding requirements
  • Air Display Charges – additional concessions
  • Declared Training Organisations – charges now contained within the Personnel Licensing Scheme

Please see the CAA Response Document for details.



This consultation contains the proposed amendments to the CAA Schemes of Charges within the documents shown below, which are planned to be effective as from 1 April 2018.
As a body that is directly funded by charges paid by those we regulate, we fully understand the difficulties the industry continues to face. This is one of our primary considerations when we set our charges.
Over the past eight years, the increase in our charges was only 5.3% while in the same period UK CPI inflation was 18.4%. This is because we have worked hard to reduce our operating costs over the same period.
However, we continue to face significant financial pressures, with increases in our cost base as well as the need to make crucial investment in modernising our systems. Our two main work streams, Performance Based Regulation and the Transformation Programme, have and will continue to deliver efficiencies and better customer service.  As such, we are committed to controlling the costs of making these improvements.
Given these current cost pressures, we propose that there should be an increase of 2.6% across all Charges Schemes in 2018/19, which is lower than the current CPI rate of inflation (October 2018 CPI: 3.0%).
In addition, we are proposing specific charges to cover our costs in the three areas where we are undertaking new activities - cyber security, unmanned aircraft systems and markets and competition work. There are a number of further proposed structural changes detailed in chapter 4 of the main consultation document.
Links to consultation documents (PDF):
How to respond to this consultation
Please send us your comments online using the link below (preferred method). Alternatively please email



  • General Aviation
  • Commercial airlines
  • UAV operators
  • Air taxi operators
  • Airport operators
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Flightcrew
  • Air traffic control staff
  • Tour operators
  • Travel agents
  • Cargo shippers
  • Ground handling providers
  • Aerodrome Operators
  • RFFS Training Providers
  • Training organisations


  • Aircraft emissions
  • Flightpaths
  • Airspace investment
  • Economic regulation
  • Economic regulation
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Consumer protection
  • Rescue and fire fighting