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Clause 9 - Operators of areas

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:45 pm on 28th February 2012.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport 5:45 pm, 28th February 2012

Clause 9 defines an operator of an airport area as the person who has overall responsibility for the management of all that area. That means that where two separate entities both have some form of management control over an airport area—for example, the lessor and lessee of a passenger terminal building—only one of them will be defined as the operator of that area for the purposes of the clause, so only one of them can be made subject to regulation.

It is important to be able to identify a single operator of an airport area so that it is clear who exercises requisite control for regulatory purposes. In some cases, for example where there are complicated leasing arrangements, it may not initially be clear who the airport operator is. The CAA believes that the current structure of designated airports is unlikely to give rise to difficult issues in that regard.

Subsection (2) empowers the Secretary of State by regulations to make provision about when a person is or is not to be treated as having overall responsibility for the management of an airport area. Subsections (3) and (4) provide that the regulations may, in particular, make provision for determining who the operator is where specified matters, such as access to and development of the area, are controlled by different persons.