The Competition Commission (CC) is proposing to require BAA to sell a number of airports to address competition concerns. On 17 December 2008, the CC announced a public consultation over its proposed remedies following an investigation into the market strength of BAA. In August 2008, the CC identified a number of competition concerns in the market for airports in Scotland and the South-East of England. BAA hoped that its plans to sell Gatwick airport would allay the CC’s concerns but the CC takes the view that this on its own is insufficient. The CC is proposing that BAA divest both Gatwick and Stansted airport in the South-East, and Edinburgh airport in Scotland and in addition is recommending that BAA offer behavioural commitments in relation to the airports it retains.
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