By Marcus Leach

BAA have been told that they must sell either Standsted or one of their Scottish airports by the Competition Commission.

The airport operator had, earlier this year, ordered Stansted Airport to be sold first, followed by either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

However, airport operator BAA appealed the ruling. But now the competition commission has decided that the sale of one of the Scottish airports must be brought forward.

"We feel this [bringing the sale forward] is the best approach in view of the further delay caused to the Stansted sale by this second appeal," Laura Carstensen, chairwoman of the Competition Commission's BAA remedies implementation group, said.

"It is frustrating that we cannot proceed with the Stansted disposal until this new challenge from BAA has been dealt with, but in the meantime we will press ahead with the Scottish sale and, as a result, passengers and airlines in Scotland will enjoy the benefits of greater competition even sooner than they would have done otherwise."

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