End BAA monopoly says Commons Transport Select Committee

March 15, 2008 at 5:04 pm | Posted in BAA, bmi, EasyJet, Monopoly, Parliament, Ruth Kelly, Ryanair, Select Committee, Transport, Virgin Atlantic | Leave a comment

In today’s Independent:

MPs call for BAA’s monopoly over British airports to be broken up

following a report by the Commons Transport Select Committee.The report is meant to be linked here:

The future of BAA

but I have waited all Saturday to see if the cms.parliament.uk server carrying it will come back up, and it has not … yet.  (So I shall check again tomorrow.)Meanwhile, since the Select Committee’s report is currently inaccessible, it’s worth reading BAA’s brief corporate release in response:

House of Commons Transport Select Committee report on the future of BAA

including:

Yesterday BAA opened Terminal Five at Heathrow, a genuinely world-class facility. But this is only the beginning of how BAA intends to transform all of its airports, and BAA has committed to spend over £6bn over the next five years across all airports to help make that happen.The question therefore for those like the Select Committee, who advocate breakup of BAA, is whether that would help or hinder that process of transformation.

That question posed “for those like the Select Committee” may now be addressed to these four airlines:

as they have joined forces against BAA’s monopoly, as described in this article:

Airlines unite to push for BAA break-up

From The Sunday Times on March 16, 2008 by Dominic O’Connell …

THE bosses of four of Britain’s top airlines will tomorrow urge transport secretary Ruth Kelly to reform airport regulation and push for the break-up of BAA.Their meeting with Kelly comes hard on the heels of a tough report from the transport committee yesterday, which called for airports operator BAA to lose its near-monopoly.Aviation industry sources said it was unusual for the four carriers to seek a joint meeting with the government.“They normally have quite different agendas, but they take these airport issues so seriously that they have come together,” said one source. … 

There are plenty of pressures from all angles on Ferrovial these days.  It remains to be seen how Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly will respond to appeals like these from the airlines, as well as how she deals with the findings of the Commons Transport Select Committee.

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