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Stansted Airport operator to change name

Airport operator BAA, which is being forced to sell Stansted Airport, is to change its name.

The company, formerly called British Airports Authority, will operate using the names of its four remaining UK airports.

In existence since 1965, BAA had run - until recently - as many as seven UK airports, including Heathrow.

But, following an investigation into airport competition by the Competition Commission, the company was ordered to sell Stansted, Gatwick and either Glasgow or Edinburgh.

It had since sold Gatwick and Edinburgh and, after long legal battles, is now in the process of selling Stansted.

Passenger numbers fall at Stansted

Stansted Airport has seen a drop in passenger numbers.

The Essex Airport saw numbers drop by 5.2% in August compared with the same month last year.

The main terminal at Stansted Credit: Press Association

The reduction in people using the airport has been blamed on people staying home to watch the Olympics.

Cargo traffic has seen a boost and is up by 13.9%.


BAA fights to keep hold of Stansted

BAA has been told it must sell Stansted Airport Credit: ITV Anglia

The British Airports Authority is expected at the Court of Appeal in London today, where it will be fighting to keep hold of Stansted Airport.

A previous judgement ruled that BAA had to sell Stansted in the interests of competition. The company has spent three years trying to get that judgement overturned.