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BAA to Sell Edinburgh Airport

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Following the UK Competition Commissions decision requiring BAA to sell either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport, BAA has confirmed that it will sell Edinburgh Airport.

BAA is now commencing preparations for a sale and expects to formally approach the market in the New Year with a view to agreeing a sale by Summer 2012.

 Edinburgh is a great airport with a great team and a great future and we will be very sorry to see it leave BAA. We remain committed to Scotland and we will continue our long-term investment to improve passenger and airline experience at Aberdeen and Glasgow, as well as at Edinburgh until the sale is complete, said BAA Chief Executive, Colin Matthews. Choosing which airport to sell has been a difficult decision. Edinburgh Airport has shown itself to be a strong and resilient asset throughout the economic downturn. Passenger numbers at Edinburgh have grown by more than 6% over the past year and in an uncertain market we expect it to be an attractive asset to prospective buyers. Glasgow Airport has great opportunities for future growth and development and we think BAA is well-placed to build on its recent success. Both airports are of national importance and have a bright future.

Edinburgh Airport is Scotlands largest airport with approximately 9.2m passengers passing through it every year and with over 100,000 flights. 2011 has seen the airport named Best European Airport (5-10m Passengers) by ACI Europe and consolidate its position as the fifth largest airport in the UK with the best passenger numbers in its history. Passenger numbers have grown by 6.1% over the last 12 months and by 9.5% since the start of 2011. Around 40 airlines connect Edinburgh to over 120 destinations. The airport is also a burgeoning cargo hub with 10,200 tonnes of cargo in the past year.

The airport directly employs 485 staff and supports 7,500 jobs across Scotland.

A 42m investment in 2010 in the departure lounge and security hall has improved the customer experience and provided the airport with the platform to develop and attract further long haul and short haul routes.

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