The Commission for Aviation Regulation regulates certain aspects of the aviation and travel trade sectors in Ireland. It was established on the 27th February 2001 under the Aviation Regulation Act, 2001. The 2001 Act was subsequently amended by the State Airports Act, 2004 and the Aviation Act, 2006. The Commission has put together an administrative document which shows, in tracked changes, the Aviation Regulation Act, 2001, as amended. This document can be be downloaded by clicking on this link.(*)
The Commission is an independent public body under the auspices of the Department of Transport, and is accountable to the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Commission is guided in its actions by the legislation governing the areas that it regulates. The principal function of the Commission is in the area of price regulation, that is, setting the maximum level of airport charges at Dublin Airport and Aviation Terminal Services Charges at Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports.
The Commission is responsible, under EU legislation, for discharging Ireland's responsibilities for schedule coordination/slot allocation at Irish airports and the appointment where necessary of a schedules facilitator/slot co-ordinator.
The Commission is also responsible for licensing the travel trade in Ireland, and grants licences to both tour operators and travel agents. As part of this function, the Commission administers a bonding scheme to re-imburse consumers in the event of a travel agent collapse. The Commission also licenses airlines and approves groundhandling services providers under regulations implementing EU legislation.
The Commission has a significant consumer protection role. The Commission is the national enforcement body tasked with the monitoring and regulation of EU legislation covering Air Passenger Rights and the provision of assistance to Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRM).
The Commission uses this website as a means for disseminating information as well as for discussion of issues falling under its jurisdiction. The text of Commission papers as well as views of interested parties and the public are posted at regular intervals.
The Commission is required under Section 26 of the Aviation Regulation Act 2001 to prepare and submit an annual report to the Minister, who arranges for it to be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas, after which the reports are published.
(*) Please note that this is purely an adminstrative document, and parties who wish to refer to the Aviation Regulation Act, 2001 as amended should refer to the actual text of the Acts in question.