The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published its final decisions on economic regulation at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports after April 2014. Despite attempts to lower the cost of travel for passengers, the moves have been universally criticised by the aviation sector.
Heathrow Airport has hit back at the Civil Aviation Authority’s proposal that Heathrow should cap its landing charges so that they rise in line with inflation, stating that the cap could have “serious and far-reaching consequences” for passengers.
The secretary of state for Transport, Justine Greening, has reappointed Andrew Haines as chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority for a further five years. Haines joined the CAA in August 2009 for an initial three-year term following a successful career in the rail industry.
Brighton-based Holidays 4 UK has gone into administration, stranding as many as 12,000 holidaymakers overseas. Ian Oakley-Smith and David Chubb of PricewaterhouseCoopers have been appointed as joint administrators of the company, which also traded as Aegean Flights.
More than 2,000 holidaymakers have been hit by the collapse of Dream Holidays in the United Kingdom, with the Greece and Cyprus specialist ceasing trading earlier. Barnet, Herts-based Dreams had been trading as ‘Dreams and Holidays’, ‘Dreams and Travel’ and ‘My Dream Holidays’.
The Civil Aviation Authority has published its annual financial report for the Air Travel Trust, revealing an increase in the deficit to £42.3 million. The report shows that the ATT received income of £47.7m during the year ending March 31st; substantially from ATOL Protection Contributions for 18.5m ATOL protected passengers.
Crown Services UK – a London-based travel agency – has ceased trading with hundreds of customers left out of pocket. A Civil Aviation Authority investigation revealed the organisation had stopped operating “several weeks” ago, but had only now begun formal winding up procedures.
New figures from the UK Civil Aviation Authority have revealed some 32 per cent of scheduled flights were delayed in the final quarter of 2010. Airlines were quick to point to appalling weather and resultant airport closures – notably at Heathrow during the festive season – but the CAA argues not all delays can be attributed to this cause.
The United Kingdom Supreme Court has refused to hear a Civil Aviation Authority appeal in the case against Travel Republic – potentially leaving consumers exposed to increased risk in the event of the collapse of a tour operator.
The CAA has released its latest aviation figures for Q1 2008, which show terminal passenger numbers at UK airports were up by 2% (1.2m) on Q1 2007.