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Civil Aviation Act 2012

Section 66: Airports and Section 67: Airports: supplementary

192.These sections define what an airport is for the purposes of this Part of the Act.

193.Section 66(1) states that an airport comprises an aerodrome (as defined in the CAA 1982) as well as other land, buildings and structures used for the purposes described in paragraphs (a) to (f).

194.Section 105(1) of the CAA 1982 defines an aerodrome as “any area of land or water designed, equipped, set apart or commonly used for affording facilities for the landing and departure of aircraft and includes any area or space, whether on the ground, on the roof of a building or elsewhere, which is designed, equipped or set apart for affording facilities for the landing and departure of aircraft capable of descending or climbing vertically”.

195.Section 67 provides further clarification on what is and is not included in the definition of an airport. For example it states that a passenger (who has not arrived by air) arrives at the airport when they arrive at one of the following:

  • the passenger terminal building;

  • the terminal forecourt; or

  • a car park with pedestrian access to the terminal.

196.The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that land, buildings and other structures are or are not to be treated as part of an airport, or part of the core area of an airport, for the purposes of Part 1 of the Act.

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