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Wednesday 19 October, 2011

BAA Limited

BAA to sell Edinburgh Airport

RNS Number : 4503Q
BAA Limited
19 October 2011

10.00, 19 October 2011




Following the Competition Commission's decision requiring BAA to sell either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport, BAA is today announcing that it has decided to 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.


BAA Chief Executive, Colin Matthews said:


"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.


"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."




Notes to editors:


Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's 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.


Edinburgh 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.


As well as winning awards in 2011, Edinburgh Airport has attracted nearly 20 new routes.  Easyjet has recently based a new aircraft at the airport, opening up several new destinations.


Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport is Scotland's leading long haul airport with approximately 6.8 million passengers passing through it each year and with over 70,000 flights. Passenger numbers have returned to growth in 2011 and September marked the airport's ninth consecutive month of growth. Passenger numbers have grown by 2.5% over the last 12 months and by 5.7% since the start of 2011. Some 30 airlines serve approximately 90 destinations worldwide.


Glasgow Airport directly employs 420 staff and supports 7,300 jobs across Scotland.


Since 2006 more than £60 million has been invested in improvements at Glasgow Airport. Developments have included a £10 million international pier extension and a £31 million terminal extension. A further £200 million will be invested over the next 10 years to build on these improvements.


The airport has enjoyed considerable success in attracting new routes. Highlights include: the arrival in March 2011 of, which created 150 jobs and now flies to 16 destinations including Rome and Barcelona; the introduction by Iberia of direct flights to Madrid; and the launch in October of Easyjet's new direct route to Amsterdam.      


Media enquiries, please contact:


Gordon Robertson, Edinburgh Airport:      +44 (0)131 344 3174 / +44 (0)7785 372961

Brian McClean, Glasgow Airport:             +44 (0)141 848 4558 / +44 (0)7754 390160

Simon Baugh, BAA:                               +44 (0)20 8745 7224 / +44 (0)7970 799114


Investor enquiries, please contact:


Andrew Efiong, BAA:                              +44 (0)20 8745 2742 / +44 (0)7796 992928                      

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