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Gatwick 'disappointed' by CAA decision on Stansted

Gatwick 'disappointed' by CAA decision on Stansted
27 Dec 2012

Gatwick Airport has expressed disappointment with the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA's) decision to continue its regulation of Stansted Airport.

In a preliminary ruling, the CAA has said the London hub will not be fully de-regulated once it comes under new ownership in 2014.

According to the authority, the airport's current level of market power means continued regulation will be required to adequately safeguard the interests of both airlines and passengers.

However, Gatwick responded by claiming that the interests of passengers are best protected when airports are given the freedom to compete.

"It is completely counter-intuitive for the Competition Commission to rule that BAA should divest itself of a number of airports in order to promote competition and protect passenger interests only for the CAA to stifle competition by keeping Stansted regulated," a statement from the airport said.

Freeing both Stansted and Gatwick from regulation will help to create "a network of truly competing airports around London" and attract more long-haul airlines to the capital, the statement added.

Current owner BAA was ordered to sell Stansted by the Competition Commission in 2009, although it initially challenged the ruling before accepting the decision in August this year.

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