BAA Airports Market Investigation

September 10, 2008

On August 20, 2008, the Competition Commission published the provisional findings report in respect of its investigation into the UK market for the supply of airport services by BAA Limited. The CC has provisionally concluded that significant competition problems exist as a result of varied market characteristics, each of which adversely affects the service received by both passengers and airlines. Given these conclusions, on the same date the CC also published a notice describing a series of potential remedies. These include proposals to require BAA to divest itself of a number of UK airports, possibly including one or both of Gatwick and Stansted airports.