Spanish-owned airport operator BAA has appealed against the decision by the UK Competition Commission ordering it to sell three airports. Following a major investigation into BAA’s dominance in the UK market the agency revealed in March that the company must sell Gatwick and Stansted airports in London and either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport in Scotland.
BAA had already opened a tender for the sale of Gatwick, a process which was due to be completed in early June. However, the airport operator claims the ruling did not take into account the tough economic conditions against which the sales would have to take place and that the report was affected by apparent bias. “This is because of links between a member of the Competition Commission panel and an organisation interested in acquiring the airport that BAA is required to sell,” BAA claimed in a statement.