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2009-03-19 13:01:21

The Competition Commission in Britain has ordered BAA to sell three of its airports, including Gatwick and Stansted, within two years. The commission even chose a pecking order, demanding the airport operator, which runs seven airports, sell Gatwick first, then Stansted, followed by either Edinburgh or Glasgow, The Daily Mail reported Thursday. The decision comes after a two-year investigation into BAA's operation and its impact on competition. We are confident that the sale of these airports...

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2008-12-18 11:44:02

Secret plans sent out by Spanish-owned BAA call for a new runway at Gatwick Airport in Britain, in spite of the government's intentions. BAA, under pressure from the Competition Commission to sell Gatwick, sent bidders for the airport a confidential memorandum entitled Gatwick builds a second runway, The Times of London reported Thursday. The government has said it prefers a new runway at Stansted Airport, followed by one at Heathrow, the Times said. But, the commission said the government...

2008-10-14 06:00:28

By Scott Reid The new five-year deal covers alterations, refurbishments and building work at BAA airports including Edinburgh BUILDING and maintenance services group Rok is set to work on a series of projects for airport operator BAA that could be worth GBP 130 million in total. Rok said the five-year framework agreement with BAA would cover improvement projects valued at between GBP 2m and GBP 20m. It comes on the back of a long-term agreement Rok already has in place with BAA for...

2008-10-10 18:00:24

Environmental campaigners reacted angrily yesterday to the Government's decision to allow a massive expansion in capacity at one of the UK's largest airports. The number of passengers travelling through Stansted Airport is set to rise from 25 million to 35 million a year with the number of flights increasing from 241,000 to 264,000. The announcement left green groups claiming the Government's climate change policy was a "shambles" and that ministers had promoted a "binge-flying"...

2008-10-05 03:00:17

By Anonymous Heathrow Airport's flagship terminal, hailed as the gateway to the 2012 London Olympics, will not be ready for the event, it has emerged. Airport operator BAA admitted that at best only part of Heathrow East - which will replace Terminals and 2 - will be open in time for the games. Last month, the Competition Commission called for BAA to end its monopoly over London's airports, advocating the sale of Stansted and Gatwick. A BAA spokeswoman said: "The delay in the transfer...

2008-09-29 09:00:36

By Andrew Picken IF the mantra of a certain fading Australian soap opera is to be believed, everybody needs good neighbours. Try telling that to Edinburgh Airport and the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland, though. The two sides have been at loggerheads for years - an Edinburgh institution, worth more than GBP 100 million a year to the Lothians economy, against a rapidly expanding transport link worth treble that to Scotland. They are both land-hungry enterprises, but...

2008-09-27 03:00:25

By Bokale, Jemima As many high-street retailers suffer from a slowdown in consumer spending, retail sales at airports are booming as operators market their sites as shopping destinations. Global retail sales at airports are expected to grow to $30bn (Pounds 15bn) in 2008, up 11% from $27bn (Pounds 13.5bn) last year. According to Verdict Research, this makes airports the second-fastest-growing retail channel after online. European airport operator BAA, which runs seven sites including...

2008-09-25 12:00:29

AIRPORT operator BAA has threatened a legal challenge against the Competition Commission after the watchdog recommended a break-up of its businesses. In its recent report, the company recommended the sale of Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport, as well as two of its London airports. But BAA has accused the commission of "fundamental misunderstandings" of its business. It said there is strong evidence that air passengers in Edinburgh and Glasgow are not interested in flying in their rival...

2008-09-19 12:00:24

By Andrew Picken SHOWGROUND chiefs have hit out at Edinburgh Airport after spending more than GBP 1 million on plans to develop a new 10,000- seater indoor sports arena, only for the scheme to be left in tatters. Airport operator BAA had told Ingliston bosses they needed to move to a new site on the other side of the A8 by 2013 in order to accommodate its expansion plans. The Royal Highland Agricultural Society for Scotland (RHASS) had started planning for the move to Norton Park,...

2008-09-19 12:00:24

By JEZ DAVISON THE owner of Durham Tees Valley Airport is considering a joint bid for Gatwick Airport, which was put up for sale by BAA yesterday. Peel Airports Group has been invited to form a consortium to bid for the pounds 1.8bn-valued London gateway, which became available following the Competition Commission's plans to break BAA's monopoly of the UK aviation market. Last month the regulator said BAA may have to sell three of its seven UK airports because of market dominance...


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