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25.—(1) Part 4 of the Airports (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 is amended as follows.
(2) In Article 27(1) (interpretation of Part 4)(1)—
(a)in the definition of “airport charges” for the words from “but excluding” to “services etc.)” substitute “but excluding excepted charges”, and
(b)in the appropriate place insert—
““excepted charges” means—
(a)penalties payable by virtue of section 78A of the 1982 Act (penalty schemes established by managers of aerodromes);
(b)charges payable for services provided for airport users as described in the Annex to the Council Directive 96/67/EC of 15th October 1996 on access to the groundhandling market at Community airports;
(c)charges payable by virtue of section 73 of the Transport Act 2000 (charges for chargeable air services);
(d)charges referred to in Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5th July 2006 which are levied for the funding of assistance to disabled passengers and passengers with reduced mobility; and
(e)charges for en route and terminal air navigation services determined in accordance with Chapter III of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1794/2006 of 6th December 2006 laying down a common charging scheme for air navigation services, as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1191/2010 of 16th December 2010;”.
(3) In Article 31 (mandatory conditions in case of designated airports), in paragraph (1), after “Department” insert “(either in accordance with Article 31A or otherwise)”.
(4) After that Article insert—
(1) The Department must by order designate an airport for the purposes of Article 31 if—
(a)it is a regulated airport for the purposes of the Airport Charges Regulations 2011, and
(b)the Department considers that designation is warranted on the basis of a market power examination carried out by the CAA in relation to the airport operator in accordance with Article 31B.
(2) The Department must publish details of the procedure and criteria to be used when deciding whether designation is warranted on that basis.
(3) The procedure and criteria must be relevant, objective and non-discriminatory.
(4) As soon as practicable after deciding whether designation of an airport is required under paragraph (1), the Department must—
(a)publish a notice setting out the reasons for this decision, and
(b)send a copy of the notice to the airport operator.
(1) The CAA may, whenever it considers appropriate, examine—
(a)whether an airport operator in relation to a regulated airport has, or is likely to acquire, substantial market power (whether alone or taken with such other persons as the CAA considers relevant), and
(b)if so, the nature and extent of that power.
(2) The CAA must carry out an examination under paragraph (1) (a “market power examination”) if it is asked to do so by—
(a)the Department, or
(b)a person who appears to the CAA to have a sufficient interest in the examination.
(3) Paragraph (2) does not apply if—
(a)the CAA has previously undertaken a market power examination in relation to the airport operator, and
(b)it considers that there has not been a material change of circumstances since the conclusion of that examination.
(4) As soon as practicable after each market power examination the CAA must—
(a)publish a report setting out its findings,
(b)send a copy of the report to the persons listed in paragraph (5).
(5) Those persons are—
(a)the airport operator that is the subject of the examination,
(b)the Department, and
(c)if the examination was carried out in respect to a request from another person, that person.
(6) In this Article “regulated airport” means an airport which is a regulated airport for the purposes of the Airport Charges Regulations 2011.”.
Article 27(1) has been amended in a way which is not relevant to the effect of these Regulations.
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