The Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee (HACC) was established in 1956 and is constituted to meet the requirements of Section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (as amended by the Airports Act 1986) for an airport to provide adequate facilities for consultation with respect to any matter concerning the management or administration of the airport which affects the interests of users of the airport, local authorities and any other organisation representing the interests of persons concerned with the locality in which the airport is situated.
It is considered by Heathrow Airport to be its highest-level consultative body. Although HACC does not however have any powers to enforce or impose its recommendations, it exercises a considerable degree of influence.
The HACC is chaired by Professor Roderick Smith ScD, FREng and is made up of 27 appointed representatives (click here) brought together from local authorities, airports users and local interest groups. A Government representative is also present at the main Committee meetings, together with Heathrow Airport Limited’s Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye and his senior management team.
HACC meets four times a year (click here) and considers issues and questions in connection with the operation and development of Heathrow and its effect on local communities, passengers, airlines and other users of the airport.
As well as the main HACC meetings, the Committee has a steering committee and one sub-group – the Passenger Services Sub Committee (PSSC).