NATS En-route Limited (NERL) Price Determination

The CAA has referred an appeal from NATS to the CMA for a determination on the price controls.

Administrative timetable

Published on 20 November 2019, as required by Rule 7 of the Competition &Markets Authority Rules of Procedure for Merger, Market and Special ReferenceGroups (CMA17). Any revisions made to the timetable will be published on this website.

Date Action
18 May 2020 Deadline for determination to be sent by CMA to CAA
End April 2020 Further main party hearings
End March/early April 2020 Response to provisional findings
Early-mid March 2020 Publish provisional findings
Early-mid February 2020 Main party hearings
December/mid January Third party submissions and hearings
Late December Deadline for NATS response to CAA reply
Mid December 2020 Deadline for CAA reply to NATS submission
29 November Deadline for initial submission from NATS
19 November Reference made, and initial submission received from CAA

Main party submissions

Notice of reference

Special reference group appointed

19 November 2019: The CMA has appointed the special reference group.

Kirstin Baker – Chair of the special reference group

Susan Hankey

Paul Muysert

Reference from the CAA

In August 2019, the CAA published its Final Decision on the price control called ‘RP3’, which will apply for the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2024. NATS has rejected this Decision, and the CAA has asked the CMA for a determination on the price controls.

The CMA must conclude the determination within 6 months of the reference, unless the CAA agrees to an extension of up to a further 6 months.

Representations from third parties invited

6 December 2019: We welcome representations from third parties on areas which will help inform the Group’s decision. Representations should be received by the CMA by 31 December 2019. Some third parties have contacted us in respect of submissions on issues where there might be a potential read-across to other cases. We will take such submissions into account where they are directly relevant to the NATS determination and therefore would help the CMA in this case.

Representations should be sent to or by post to:

Judith Ross
NATS/CAA regulatory appeal
Competition and Markets Authority
The Cabot
25 Cabot Square
E14 4QZ
United Kingdom

Published 20 November 2019
Last updated 6 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. Representations from third parties invited by 31 December 2019.
  2. NATS Statement of Case published.
  3. Main party submission published.
  4. First published.