Tribunal’s airports decision ‘perverse’
is “perverse, wasteful and wrong”, according to the head of the competition watchdog.
an independent tribunal judgment that scrapped an order for the company to dismantle
itself because its dominance harmed passengers’ interests.
Glasgow or Edinburgh airports – shows how the commission is battling to hold its
ground after losing several high-profile appeals by multinationals.
Competition Appeal Tribunal’s ruling this year negating the commission’s two-year
BAA probe because of the “apparent bias” inherent in links between an investigator
and a local authority pension fund that bid unsuccessfully for Gatwick airport.
cause an entire market investigation to be done again. That seems an outcome that
is perverse, wasteful and wrong.”
on the grounds that the ruling panel was affected by “apparent bias”. his was
because one of the panel members had long standing connections with MAG. But
the appeal tribunal rejected BAA’s argument that it was being forced to sell the
airports too quickly. The Competition Appeal Tribunal said it would now allow
more time to hear arguments as to what should happen next. Airports may still
need to be sold. (BBC)