Airlines seek to transfer more costs to GA
Recently the Airline Group on NATS customer panel proposed that GA should take on the costs of services it receives rather than the whole cost of NATS being carried by them. This seems to be £5m to £6m. Director Airspace Policy said he was minded to conclude that controlled airspace was there for the benefit of airlines and that they should pay the consequential costs. We wrote to him to support this and to say thanks. A copy of the letter is here.
In their responses to the formal consultation on NATS En Route ltd funding for the next 5 years several airlines have pursued this and set out their argument. You can find the whole of the published documents here but I have extracted the relevant bits and set them out in this document.
We think we should put up a robust defence on this but at the moment we are considering tactics and will let you know.