Airport News

Stansted denies unfair trading

Fri, 19 Jun, 2009

Stansted Airport has refuted claims that it has engaged in unfair trading practices.

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) contacted the Office of Fair Trading, claiming that there have been complaints of overpriced bookings from the accommodation desk with airport hotels getting preferential treatment and one taxi firm enjoying an exclusive deal.

Nick Barton of Stansted Airport told the Braintree and Witham Times that the establishment works to benefit local businesses and accused SSE of trying to sabotage the airport and the livelihoods of staff.

"It's now very clear to us the real purpose of SSE is not to oppose expansion but to attack the very existence of Stansted," he said.

Carol Barbone of SSE said local businesses do not believe they are being treated fairly and said that some matters exist that need investigation.

Stansted Airport is currently consulting publicly on the issue of noise, questioning MPs and local authorities on the matter.

It may tell operators to take on quieter aircraft.

Joe Evans

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