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BAA to appeal order to sell Stansted and Scottish airports

Airport owner BAA has confirmed that it will be seeking a judicial review of the Competition Commission’s decision requiring it to sell Stansted and either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport and will submit the application to the Competition Appeal Tribunal today.

In July, BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said that the decision by the Competition Commission was unnecessary now.

“The Competition Commission has not recognised that the world and BAA have changed,” he said. “This decision would damage our company which is investing strongly in UK jobs and growth.”

BAA will challenge whether there have been material changes of circumstances since the original 2009 decision and whether it would be necessary or appropriate to require BAA to divest Stansted.

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