Office of Fair Trading calls for competition inquiry into BAA

The prospect that airport operator BAA could be broken up emerged this week after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) called for a competition inquiry. The OFT said that it intends to refer BAA to the Competition Commission after it found evidence of poor customer satisfaction and high charges. BAA owns airports at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Southampton in the South East as well as in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. The OFT warned that the significant planned investment in airports in the South East could be inefficient without competition.

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