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BAA seeks judicial review over sale of airports

Airport operator BAA is seeking a judicial review of the Competition Commission’s decision requiring it to sell Stansted and either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports.

Airport operator BAA is seeking a judicial review of the Competition Commission’s decision requiring it to sell Stansted and either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports.


Ferrovial-owned BAA, which operates London Heathrow Airport, lost its last appeal against the decision back in July.


The judicial review is the latest episode in a long saga between BAA and the Competition Commission, which dates back to 2009 when it was ruled that the group had too much of a monopoly.


Since it was decided that BAA must sell three of its seven UK airports, the Spanish-owned company has appealed against the decision three times.


BAA has also been told by the Competition Commission that Stansted should be sold first as it serves more passengers than either Glasgow or Edinburgh airports.


In a statement released today, BAA said: “The challenge relates to the Competition Commission’s consideration of whether there have been material changes of circumstances since its original 2009 decision such that it is not necessary or appropriate to require BAA to divest Stansted.”


BAA – which owns Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports in Scotland, as well as Heathrow, Southampton and Stansted – will submit the application for judicial review to the Competition Appeal Tribunal tomorrow.

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