BAA told to sell Scottish airport

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THE Competition Commission (CC) yesterday told UK airport operator BAA that it must sell one of its Scottish airports before it disposes of London Stansted airport.

BAA, which is majority owned by Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial, last month said it would seek a judicial review of the UK competition watchdog’s ruling requiring it to sell off Stansted and either Glasgow or Edinburgh airport in Scotland.

“In view of the real risk of delay arising as a result of this second appeal and also given the fact that BAA is not challenging the Scottish airport sale, the CC has now decided that it would be in the interests of affected passengers and airlines to proceed with the sale of either Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport first,” the CC said in a statement.

The watchdog said it expects the sale process to begin shortly, following a decision from BAA over which of the two Scottish airports it wishes to sell.

The CC had originally told BAA to dispose of Stansted airport first.

BAA – the owner of London Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport – said it would reveal which of Edinburgh or Glasgow airports it will sell shortly.

“BAA has already sold Gatwick and will now sell either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow are great airports with great futures and we will be sorry to see one of them leave BAA,” BAA’s chief executive Colin Matthews said.

“We will continue with our judicial review proceedings against the Competition Commission’s decision requiring BAA to sell Stansted.”