Airlines call for BAA dissolution - Gatwick,Heathrow Airport News

Airport news for Gatwick,Heathrow on 18/03/2008.

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Last week it was reported that price increases at London’s two busiest airports would increase drastically over the next ten years, and though the amounts were less than the projected worst case scenario, the move has become the last straw for four of the largest airlines in Britain, who seek nothing less that the break-up of BAA.

Sources point out that the price increases granted to BAA for London Gatwick and London Heathrow approved by the Civil Aviation Authority are more about paying off the debts of BAA’s co-operators previous business interests, and passing the buck to air passengers is unethical.

Executives from easyJet, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic and bmi will petition their call for the disbanding of the outmoded BAA monopoly at Westminster today, a rarity in itself to have for airlines seeing eye to eye, let alone finding a common cause to band together. Industry sources said, ‘They normally have quite different agendas, but they take these airport issues so seriously that they have come together.' On the receiving end of their complaints will be transport secretary Ruth Kelly, who will have to find a solution to the problem.

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