UK transport secretary calls for evidence for economic regulation of airports review


London, England – Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly today invited passengers, businesses and environmental groups to provide evidence to the Department for Transport to consider as part of its review into the economic regulation of airports.

In particular, the work will look at how best to provide incentives to improve the passenger experience, encourage appropriate and timely investment in additional capacity to help deliver economic growth in line with wider Government policy and address the wider environmental impacts of aviation on airport development.

Ruth Kelly said, “The key challenge for this review is to get the right incentives in place to attract long-term investment in the industry, to address the environmental impacts of aviation, and, particularly, to provide a good standard of service to passengers.”

Kelly continued, “This is a once in a generation chance to set the right framework and ensure that future regulation makes the best use of the scarce capacity at airports in the south east and provides the right incentives to deliver necessary investment to improve the passenger experience. I welcome all views on how we can build on the current system.”

Ms. Kelly also announced the names of the panel of experts who will join the Chair, Martin Cave, in undertaking the review. The panel members are experts in their fields of economic regulation,
business and consumer representation and include Chris Bolt, PPP Arbiter and Chairman, Office of Rail Regulation; John Cridland CBE, Deputy Director General CBI; Philip Cullum, Acting CEO, National Consumer Council; Dr. Anne Graham, University of Westminster
Professor Dieter Helm, Oxford University (and Chair of DEFRA’s Academic Panel, member of the Advisory Panel on Energy and Climate Security); and Andrew Sentance, Member Monetary Policy Committee.

“The panel’s wealth of knowledge regarding consumer protection,
economic regulation and the wider environmental context will be invaluable in informing the review,” Kelly concluded.