The Civil Aviation Act 1990 establishes the framework for civil aviation safety, security and economic regulation in New Zealand and ensures that New Zealand obligations under international civil aviation agreements are implemented.

The Airport Authorities Act 1966 gives a range of functions and powers to airport authorities to establish and operate airports.

Reason for legislative review

We have reviewed the Acts to ensure they are fit for purpose, given the significant changes within the public sector and the aviation environment during the Acts’ lifespans.

As part of this review, in 2014 the Ministry of Transport sought public feedback on the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and Airport Authorities Act 1966.  The Ministry received 31 submissions in response to the consultation document.

Feedback received informed advice provided to Cabinet in 2016 on changes to improve both Acts.

Next steps

We are currently drafting a Civil Aviation Reform Bill.

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