BAA to lose Edinburgh airport?

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By Greg Lorraine

BAA, the owners of Edinburgh Airport, may be forced by the Competition Commission to sell the operation. The Spanish-owned company, which runs seven airports in the UK, have been told the decision is necessary in order to improve airport services. BAA also face losing their Gatwick and Stansted airports. It is hoped that separate ownership of the three main London airports and the two main Scottish ones would see more competition in the areas, with each operator having a greater incentive to meet the needs of their customers. The Commission has based the decision on figures showing that only about one in 20 flying from Glasgow is from the East of Scotland, with one in 25 who use Edinburgh coming from the West. Gordon Dewar, managing director of Edinburgh Airport, said there is still time to show the move should not be made and believes passengers will not benefit from it. The Commission also said it was proposing measures at Aberdeen airport, which is also owned by BAA, to promote investment linked to rebates on charges. Experts predict there would be considerable interest in buying Edinburgh Airport, which is the largest and most profitable in Scotland.