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2008-08-21 12:01:08

By DAVID LEASK THE owners of Manchester Airport are poised to make an early bid for its Glasgow counterpart. Publicly-owned MAG yesterday became the first operator to break cover in what is expected to be a scramble to secure Scotland's biggest long-haul gateway. The company said it had formed a bid team to look at buying Glasgow Airport, which it believes has real potential to mirror Manchester's recent expansion. MAG's move came after Britain's competition watchdog recommended that...

2008-08-21 12:01:08

By David Leask THE public face of Scottish business was last night united. The country's airport monopoly, the official line went, should be spared. BAA Scotland, the nation's industry lobbies argued, has served the nation well and pumped hundreds of millions into its three main gateways, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Privately, business leaders are not so confident that the Competition Commission was yesterday wrong to say BAA's joint ownership of the two central belt airports was bad...

2008-08-21 06:00:44

By Hamish Rutherford Sovereign Oil 15.75p unch THERE are several reasons why Ferrovial, the Spanish infrastructure giant which owns BAA, should feel nothing more than a twinge of grudging regret, rather than anger, after the Competition Commission said it should be forced to sell three of its British airports, including one in Scotland. First, it cannot possibly come as a surprise. Long before the Madrid-based company bought the British Airports Authority, there had been grumbling...

2008-08-21 06:00:44

By ALASTAIR DALTON TRANSPORT CORRESPONDENT PASSENGERS could benefit after the biggest shake-up in decades was signalled for Scotland's airports. The operator BAA should have to sell off either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport and face new controls at Aberdeen, a Competition Commission investigation has concluded. Airlines and travel agents welcomed the prospect of increased airport competition, which they said could lead to lower fares and improved facilities. But several business...

2008-08-21 06:00:44

By Matthew Saltmarsh British competition authorities on Wednesday called for the breakup of the airport operator BAA in a preliminary report that recommended the sale of two of its three airports serving London and one in Scotland. The Competition Commission has been investigating whether problems faced by airlines and their passengers in Britain have been caused or exacerbated by BAA's near monopoly on airport facilities. In its long-awaited provisional findings on BAA, the commission...

2008-08-21 00:00:33

LEADING ARTICLE The British Airports Authority has only itself to blame for the ruling that it must sell off three of its seven airports. It is to be hoped that the the Competition Commission will now rule, after consultations across the industry, that one of those which must be sold is Heathrow. The BAA era has been one of poor service and failure to plan adequately for new capacity. This has been seen at its worst in Heathrow. As a good number of the 68 million passengers who used it...

2008-08-21 00:00:33

By David Prosser Outlook For a man who had just been told he would have to give up three of his most valuable assets, Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA, didn't look terribly upset yesterday. Dividing his time between pointing out that the Competition Commission had delivered just as big a broadside at government policy as BAA itself and crowing about the expressions of interest he has already received about the purchase of Stansted and Gatwick, Mr Matthews was positively cheerful....

2008-08-20 18:00:37

TALKS aimed at averting a series of airport strikes are due today. Cabin staff and baggage handlers are to take part in a series of 24-hour stoppages involving Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester airports over the next few days. And the action could spread to Newcastle Airport if it goes ahead. Last night, the two unions involved - Unite and the GMB - said their officials would meet conciliation service Acas this morning with bosses of the management company in the dispute, airport...

2008-08-20 18:00:37

By JAMES LYONS AIRPORT scanners that recognise passengers' faces are being introduced to boost security and cut queues. The system compares people's faces with information digitally stored on biometric passports. The machines are being used at Manchester and will eventually go nationwide. Ministers believe they will help identify criminals and terrorists trying to sneak in. Around 12.5 million Britons and more than 40 million across Europe have the biometric passports required....

2008-08-20 18:00:37

PLANE passengers who have endured travel misery will learn today just what changes to UK airport ownership are proposed by competition chiefs. In a preliminary report, the Competition Commission (CC) is likely to recommend a break up of airport operator BAA's "monopoly" of south east England airports which comprise Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. The commission could make the case for BAA being forced to sell one or more of its London airports - a move that is likely to spark a bidding...


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