Break up BAA, call airline executives


Four UK airlines want Britain’s Transport Secretary to break up the airport operator BAA, according to London newspapers.

Executives of British Midland Air, Easyjet, Ryanair and Virgin have called for reform of UK airport regulation. They have already criticised price increases granted to BAA last week by the Civil Aviation Authority.

The executives today urged the Transport Secretary to push for the breakup of Grupo Ferrovial’s airport operator BAA.

The meeting comes after a recent report from the competition authority suggesting airport regulation should be scrutinised.

Meanwhile, the transport committee on Saturday said BAA’s monopoly position in Britain’s airports was “unnecessary.”

BAA owns seven UK airports, including Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick.