Chrismas takes off as CAA plans for overhaul

Air regulator the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is to lose its corporate communications director Tony Chrismas as it prepares for the biggest overhaul in its history.

Air regulator the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is to lose its

corporate communications director Tony Chrismas as it prepares for the

biggest overhaul in its history.



Chrismas leaves the CAA next week after five years with no firm plans

for the future, other than ’considering all options’. Deputy

communications director Bruce Hales-Dutton will caretake the 12-strong

PR department.



The Government plans to spin off the CAA’s National Air Traffic Services

(NATS), which is to become a new public/private partnership.



’It will be a very exciting time,’ said Chrismas. ’But clearly the job

is going to be split into a few parts. It is important to have a

communications head who will be with the CAA throughout. The best time

for me to go is now.’



NATS provides air traffic control for 12 of the UK’s civilian airports,

while the rest of the CAA is responsible for licensing airlines to

operate in the UK and airport safety.



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