1017. Restriction of access to groundhandling market where space or capacity is limited.

Where at a category A or category B airport1 specific constraints of available space or capacity, arising in particular from congestion and area utilisation rate, make it impossible to open up the market for groundhandling services2, the Civil Aviation Authority ('CAA')3 may, on application made to it by the managing body of the airport concerned4, determine:

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    (1)     to limit the number of suppliers of one or more categories of groundhandling services5, other than airside services6, to no fewer than two suppliers for each category of groundhandling services at the airport or part of the airport7; or

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    (2)     to reserve