30th March 2011

Don’t prolong the agony, BAA

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) welcomes today’s rejection by the Competition Commission of BAA’s latest attempt to cling onto ownership of Stansted Airport and calls upon BAA to accept the decision and sell Stansted Airport without any further prevarication or delay.

SSE Campaign Director Carol Barbone commented: “BAA has spent over two years appealing the Competition Commission’s original verdict and all it has succeeded in doing is prolong the agony for employees and local residents alike. BAA should now end its pointless defiance of the Commission and allow Stansted to have a new owner as soon as possible. This, at least, will provide some chance of tackling the blight which BAA has caused over the last decade.”

The Commission has invited responses to its provisional findings before publishing its final verdict in May/June. SSE will be contributing to this, reiterating the views expressed in previous stages of the market inquiry.

Campaigning against proposals to expand Stansted Airport