Conduct in the transport sector (facilities at airports)

The CMA is investigating suspected breaches of competition law in relation to facilities at airports under Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998.


Date Action
September 2018 (estimate) Decision on whether to issue a statement of objections.
May to September 2018 (estimate) Further investigation including further information gathering. CMA analysis and review of information gathered.
May 2018 Decision taken to focus investigation on certain conduct and parties.
December 2017 to April 2018 Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuance of formal or informal information requests and parties’ responses. CMA analysis and review of parties’ responses to information requests. State of play meetings with parties under investigation.
7 December 2017 Investigation opened

Change log

The following changes have been made to the case timetable since it was first published in December 2017:

Date of change Reason for change Change made to timetable
29 May 2018 Additional time needed to gather and analyse additional information Date for taking decision on whether to proceed with the investigation or to close the investigation changed from April 2018 to May 2018.
29 May 2018 Additional time needed to gather and analyse additional information Date for completing initial investigation and information gathering changed from March 2018 to April 2018.

Case information

On 7 December 2017, the CMA launched an investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in respect of facilities at airports. The investigation is under Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98).

This case is at an early stage and no assumption should be made that there has been an infringement of competition law.

Further detail of the CMA’s procedures in Competition Act 1998 cases is available in our guidance.


  • The Civil Aviation Authority is aware of the investigation. However, the CMA is the investigating authority and all enquiries should be addressed to the CMA.
  • The CMA has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of infringements of competition law for it to issue a Statement of Objections to any of the parties under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a Statement of Objections.
  • As a result, it would not be appropriate at present to include any further estimates of the timing of any later investigative steps at this stage.
  • Changes to the timing of original entries in the case timetable will be made where the estimated timing in the original timetable changes.


Media contact

Any media enquiries should be directed to a member of our Press Office.

Assistant Project Director

April Carr (020 3738 6204,

Project Director

Christiane Kent (020 3738 6250,

Senior Responsible Officer

Ann Pope (020 3738 6786,

Anyone with information about suspected anti-competitive activity is encouraged to contact the CMA.

Published 8 December 2017
Last updated 29 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Timetable updated.
  2. First published.