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SCC RESPONDS TO COMPETITION COMMISSION DECISION ON BAA

[ 19-03-2009 ]

Commenting on the final decision by the Competition Commission on its investigation into BAA’s ownership of UK airports, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The overwhelming priority must remain the maintenance of investment in all of Scotland’s airports, irrespective of where ownership will ultimately lie.  Scotland’s relatively remote geographical location means that the development of excellent air transport infrastructure and services is crucial for many of our key business sectors, particularly as we look to encourage greater internationalisation of commercial activity by Scottish businesses in the years to come.

“BAA have invested heavily in their Scottish airports over the years, and their planned future spending was very welcome indeed.  If, as now seems likely, a new owner takes over at either Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport, then it is vital that investment in both airport infrastructure and services and in related infrastructure, such as the Glasgow Airport Rail Link, is matched or exceeded.
 
“At Aberdeen Airport, the goal is to ensure that investment reflects the importance of the North East and its key industries to the Scottish and UK economy, and we will look to see whether the Competition Commission’s recommendations here help to achieve this target.

“In addition, the two year timescale given by the Commission for the sale of all three BAA airports may be challenging, given that the economy is in a very different situation to that when its market investigation began in March 2007.

“Our members want to see a Scottish air transport system geared up to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.  It is now up to us all to see that this is delivered.”

 

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