BAA told to sell off Gatwick, Stansted & Edinburgh

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On this, the 105th anniversay of the first manned flight by the Wright Brothers, the Competition Commssion (CC), has issued a report (over 107 pages plus appendices) saying these three airports should be sold;- maybe.
Why maybe?
Because this isn’t the final report. That is due next February/March so I suppose the CC could change its recommendations. Just how long will this decision making last? The original referral to the CC was as long ago as March 2007
Ever since the public ownership of BAA, it has seemed anti-competitive to some that one body should control virtually all of the airports around London and the three major ones in Scotland(Aberdeen is the other one they own). As a result Gatwick, for example, has lost a great deal of it’s transatlantic flights because why should BAA Gatwick resist the moves? BAA would win whatever happened. Ferovial had even recognised that change would come by putting Gatwick up for sale last August.
So this is a non-news story. Because a definate final decision won’t be made till next year.

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