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Competition Commission (National): Statement from Competition Commission following Supreme Court decision on BAA appeal

Press Release   •   Feb 21, 2011 11:17 GMT

The Competition Commission (CC) has welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to refuse BAA permission to appeal against the CC’s decision in the BAA investigation, including the requirement for BAA to sell Stansted and either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports, Gatwick having already been sold:

Peter Freeman, Chairman of the CC said:

We are pleased that the Supreme Court has made this decision. Since November we have been considering whether there has been any change in circumstancesfollowing the completion of the BAA investigation in March 2009, which should cause us to reconsider implementing the original decision. The Supreme Court’s decision means we can press ahead with this process and hopefully bring it to a swift conclusion in the interests of the travelling public.

The CC has been consulting with all interested parties on whether there has been any change in circumstances and expects to issue its provisional decision on the matter later next month.

The CC’s original decision was restored by the Court of Appeal last October following the CC’s own appeal.

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