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UK Competition Commissions emerging thinking hints at break-up of BAA

The UK’s Competition Commission (CC), previously known as the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, published an interim document on 22-Apr-08, outlining its "emerging thinking" in its inquiry into monopoly practices at BAA and UK airports generally. One of the outcomes of the report could be a recommendation to break up BAA’s airport holdings, which are Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen (all in Scotland), London Stansted, London Gatwick, Southampton and the ‘jewel’ (as BAA sees it) London Heathrow, or require the operator to divest airports from its group. The report indicates that such an eventuality is unlikely to take place soon.

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