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[International Airport Review] Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH) is reported to be planning to sell off Southampton, Glasgow and Aberdeen Airports by the end of the year.

The sale would mean that HAH, formerly British Airports Authority (BAA), would be left with just London Heathrow Airport. Photo: Wikipedia

The sale would mean that HAH, formerly British Airports Authority (BAA), would be left with just London Heathrow Airport. Reports claim that the sale would be in order to fund further development projects at the world’s third busiest airport.

A statement from HAH read: “Over recent months Heathrow Airport Holdings group shareholders and management have been considering their strategic position in relation to our three airports, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton.

“As a result the group is now formally entering a sale process. While there is currently no certainty that a sale will be concluded, the group intends to work towards completing a transaction by the end of the year.”

In addition to London Heathrow, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton, BAA once also owned Gatwick, Stansted and Edinburgh Airports as well, but following a performance inquiry by the Competition Commission (now the Competition and Markets Authority), BAA were ruled to sell Gatwick, Stansted and either Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports in order to break up the monopoly.

Following the ruling, Global Infrastructure Partners purchased Gatwick Airport in 2009 and Edinburgh in 2012, and Stansted was purchased by Manchester Airport Group in 2013.


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International Airport Review
7th August, 2014



[BBC News] London’s Stansted Airport is being sold to the owner of Manchester Airport for £1.5bn, it has been announced.

Stansted's sale had been ordered by the Competition Commission.

Stansted’s sale had been ordered by the Competition Commission. Picture: Wikipedia

The airport is being sold by Heathrow Airport Holdings, formerly called BAA, which will continue to own London Heathrow, Southampton, Aberdeen, and Glasgow airports.

Heathrow Airport Holdings had to sell Stansted as a result of a ruling by the Competition Commission.

The sale is due to be completed next month

Heathrow Airport Holdings chief executive Colin Matthews said: “Stansted Airport and its people have been part of our company for a long time.

“We wish the new owners every success and are confident the airport will continue to flourish. We will continue to focus on improving Heathrow, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports.”

Manchester Airport is owned by Manchester Airports Group, which is a holding company in turn owned by the 10 borough councils of Greater Manchester.

Heathrow Airport Holdings is owned by an international consortium led by Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial.

The Competition Commission ruled in 2009 that the then BAA had to sell both Stansted and Gatwick due to concerns over a lack of competition between London’s three main airports, which, led by Heathrow, were all owned by the same company.

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BBC News
19th Jan, 2012

[BBC News] At least four passengers have been injured in the emergency evacuation of an aircraft at Glasgow Airport.

Passengers and crew left the aircraft after the captain declared an emergency

Passengers and crew left the aircraft after the captain declared an emergency. Photo: Wikipedia

The captain of a Jet2 aircraft preparing to depart for Alicante declared an emergency at about 07:40. It is believed smoke had been detected in the cabin.

Passengers and crew left the aircraft using the emergency exits.

The runway has been closed and flights to and from Glasgow Airport are currently suspended.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue have been called out to assist firefighters based at the airport.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: “We are currently dealing with an ongoing incident at Glasgow Airport involving a 737 aircraft following reports of smoke within the cabin.

“Emergency services are in attendance and the passengers have been evacuated as a precaution.”

A statement from Jet2 said: “This morning’s flight LS177 from Glasgow Airport to Alicante made an emergency stop on the runway just prior to take-off.

“The aircraft was forced to curtail take-off due to smoke in the cabin.

“All 189 passengers have disembarked the aircraft.”……

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BBC News
19th Oct, 2012

[This is MoneyBAA ditches name to be ‘Heathrow‘ after sell-off of stakes in Gatwick and  Edinburgh.

The company insisted there would be no changes to its management structure

The company insisted there would be no changes to its management structure. Photo: Wikipedia

BAA is changing its name to Heathrow. The  Spanish-owned company that runs some of the UK’s airports said it will be known  as after its largest airport because it no longer represents a large number of  UK terminals.

In 2009, competition authorities forced it to  sell its stakes in Gatwick and Edinburgh, and it has also agreed to offload the  London-serving airport Stansted.

After the rebranding, the group’s other  airports – Glasgow, Southampton and Aberdeen – will also become standalone  brands.

The company insisted there would be no  changes to its management structure, and no redundancies as part of the process.

But it warned there would be delays in  removing its BAA-emblazoned signs from terminals, as well as issuing staff with  uniforms free of its previous insignia.

BAA could not put a time frame on completing  re-branding. The company also said it does not have a figure for how much the  move will cost.

Chief executive Colin Matthews said: ‘The BAA  name no longer fits. We do not represent all British airports. We are not  a……

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This is Money
16th Oct, 2012

[Saffron Walden Reporter] Airports operator BAA has been granted a further reprieve against selling Stansted after the Court of Appeal ruled in the firm’s favour.

The Competition Commission decided that BAA must sell Stansted

The Competition Commission decided that BAA must sell Stansted. Photo: Wikipedia

Today’s decision means the company can now appeal against the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s judgment on February 1 which had backed the Competition Commission’s decision that BAA must sell Stansted, Gatwick and one of its two Scottish airports, Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Gatwick was auctioned off in 2009, while the sale of Edinburgh was announced in April this year.

A BAA spokesman said: “We are pleased that permission to appeal has been granted and look forward to presenting our arguments before the Court of Appeal.”

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SW Reporter
Monday, May 28, 2012 


More than 120 new air services will begin from UK airports over the next three months, it has been announced.

120 new UK Flights to start in the next 3 months

120 new UK Flights to start in the next 3 months

The new routes are spread across 27 separate UK airports, according to airline network organisation Manchester airport, with 16, has the most new routes, followed by Gatwick (15) and Heathrow (12).

Jet2, which starts a new base at Glasgow this summer, is the airline with the most new routes (24), followed by Ryanair (19) and easyJet (13). British Airways is starting eight new services, including Buenos Aires and San Diego from Heathrow and Malaga and Marrakech from Gatwick.

Flybe, bmibaby and bmi are all starting new routes while American carrier Delta is starting Heathrow services to Boston and Miami and Virgin Atlantic is flying a twice-weekly service from Manchester to Las Vegas.

A new airline to the UK is Swiss-based carrier SkyWork Airlines which is flying from London City Airport to Bern.

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