U.K. Competition Authority Probes Airport Monopoly

Law360, New York (August 8, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- British competition regulators have kicked off an investigation that may force airport operator BAA to end its alleged long-running monopoly of airports in the U.K.

The U.K. Competition Commission announced Wednesday that it had begun an inquiry into the lack of competition among airport operators, allowing BAA to keep landing costs the same at airports across the U.K. and to maintain a monopoly over airport services.

The Commission said that BAA's monopoly has led to higher prices for both customers and airlines.

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