Parliament Briefed on Airports Company Amendment Bill

Department of Transport

Parliament was recently briefed on the Airports Company Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in March 2018.

The proposed legislation seeks to:

•    amend the Airports Company Act, 1993, so as to insert and amend certain definitions;
•    substitute certain expressions;
•    provide for the appointment and disqualification of members of the Committee;
•    provide for the vacation of office of members of the Committee;
•    provide for meetings of the Committee;
•    amend the period for the issuing of a permission;
•    provide for decisions of the Committee;
•    provide for the establishment of the Appeal Committee;
•    provide for appeals against the decisions of the Committee;
•    provide for the appointment and disqualification of members of the Appeal Committee;
•    provide for the vacation of office of members of the Appeal Committee; and
•    provide for offences.

According to the transport department, the bill was drawn up to strengthen the current economic regulatory framework.

The department also briefed the portfolio committee on transport on the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in April 2018.

The bill seeks to:

• amend the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company Act, 1993, so as to insert new definitions;
• provide for a subsidiary to perform functions inside and outside of the Republic;
• provide for appeals against the decisions of the Regulating Committee;
• provide for offences and penalties;
• substitute certain expressions, citations and words; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the bill's memorandum, the purpose of the bill is to give legal status to the approach document, which is a document in which the Regulating Committee provides guidelines to be followed by the ATNS and the Airports Company in submitting permission applications, set out the procedure for meetings and decisions of the Regulating Committee and provide for effective appeals mechanisms against decisions of the Regulating Committee.

The proposed legislation will also empower the transport minister to make regulations “regarding any matters related to economic regulation and procedures to be followed by the Regulating Committee on non-compliance by the Company.”

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