Release Date: 20 August 2008
Release ID: 210
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed the initial findings of today’s report by the Competition Commission (CC), which calls for BAA to sell two of its three London airports and another in Scotland.
Commenting on the report, BIFA Director General Peter Quantrill said: “BAA has played an important role in the development of airport infrastructure in the UK but times have changed and it is no longer viable for it to maintain such a dominant position in the marketplace.
“Whilst the report addresses passenger service efficiency and problems with capacity, particularly in the South East of England, it is important to remember that a substantial amount of freight is carried on passenger flights. If the findings of the report are implemented, we expect our members engaged in the transportation of goods by air to benefit from the healthy competition, which we hope will lead to increased efficiency and more flexible operating conditions.”
In its preliminary findings, the CC reported that there are competition problems at each of BAA's seven UK airports "with adverse consequences for passengers and airlines". The final report is scheduled to be published in the first quarter of 2009.
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