BMI Takeover Bad News For Scottish Passengers
Alyn Smith MEP has today voiced his concerns regarding the proposed takeover of British Midland Ltd (BMI) by the International Airlines Group (IAG), saying that the resulting monopoly on flights to Heathrow airport from a number of Scottish airports could spell "bad news for Scottish passengers".
Earlier this week, Alyn joined with all of Scotland’s MEPs in writing to Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, raising their shared concerns about the implications of the takeover.
Commenting, Alyn said:
“Clearly, I would rather Scots passengers flew direct to their destinations, but the fact is a significant number of travellers use Heathrow as a staging post. The proposed acquisition of BMI by IAG could have a significant and damaging impact on choice and competition for passengers in Scotland.
“If this move goes ahead IAG would have a monopoly on the Edinburgh-Heathrow and Aberdeen-Heathrow routes: this could lead to reduction in service and increase in price.
“This could also prove problematic logistically for passengers who have connecting flights with all flights from Aberdeen and Edinburgh being forced through Heathrow’s Terminal 5."
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