Government Guidelines

In order to assist those involved in establishing, running and participating in airport consultative committees, the Government has published non statutory guidelines. These were last revised in 2014.

The Guidelines are as follows:-

1.The Government expects all aerodromes1 to communicate openly and effectively with their local communities and users of the airport about the impact of their operations. Airport Consultative Committees (ACCs) are a well-established way in which airports can engage with key stakeholders in the local area and beyond.

2.These guidelines are intended to assist those involved in establishing, running and participating in airport consultative committees. While the Government recognises that each airport consultative committee should work in a way that best suits the local circumstances within which it operates, this document sets out some particular principles and standards that committees can use to ensure they operate in an effective and constructive way.

3.These guidelines are intended to be applicable to all aerodromes with a consultation process, not only those designated under Section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (see paragraph 1.2). We recognise the differences in circumstance between individual aerodromes and that arrangements and procedures for one committee may not be appropriate for another. Committees should determine how best to apply these guidelines for their specific circumstances, however, we expect that the basic underlining principles (as described in section 2) will be applicable across all committees.

4.The guidance is also intended to be useful for not only aerodromes that have, or intend to, set up a consultative committee, but also those who sit on the committees and other parties with an interest in the consultative procedures of airports.

It should be noted that the Government Guidelines also make clear it is not intended that a consultative committee should –

  • detract from or constrain the responsibility of the airport owner and/or operator to manage the aerodrome;
  • prevent interested parties from raising concerns directly with the airport, or through other channels.
  • serve as a forum for the resolution of disputes;
  • have any executive or decision-making power over the Airport.