Our structure

You can find out more about the Civil Aviation Authority's main groups below. A number of business support functions, including Shared Services, Legal, Human Resources, Communications, Finance and IT, have equally important jobs working alongside these groups. 

See a diagram of our organisational structure.

Leads on economic regulation of certain airports; enforcement of consumer legislation; plus the provision of economic advice and analysis.

Markets and consumers

Ensures that aircraft are properly designed, manufactured, operated and maintained; that airlines are competent; that flight crews, air traffic controllers and aircraft maintenance engineers are fit and competent; that licensed aerodromes are safe to use; that air traffic services and general aviation activities meet required safety standards; and that airspace is safely and efficiently designed and organised.

Safety and airspace

Undertakes regulatory activity to support UK aviation security policy and compliance monitoring.


Regulates the finances and fitness of travel organisers selling flights and package holidays in the UK; manages the ATOL scheme; licenses UK airlines and enforces European Council requirements in relation to their finances, nationality, liability to passengers for death or injury and insurance; and enforces certain other requirements for protection of airlines’ customers.

Work alongside our other groups providing specialist knowledge, technology and best practice - including legal, communications, HR, finance and IT. Our shared service centre provides a single point of contact for our customers, many requiring multiple services from us.

Corporate Services

Subsidiary services

The CAA also has a number of subsidiary services, including:

A globally recognised aviation consultancy company delivering and promoting best practice in aviation governance and education across the world.

CAA International Ltd (CAAi)

A not-for-profit organisation helping provide a more cohesive system of civil aviation safety regulation in the UK Overseas Territories.

Air Safety Support International Ltd (ASSI)