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
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.