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EASYJET THREATENS LUTON WITH ACTION

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EasyJet, the low-cost airline, is considering legal action against Luton BC if it is excluded from the council's sh...
EasyJet, the low-cost airline, is considering legal action against Luton BC if it is excluded from the council's shortlist of possible operators of Luton airport. The Financial Times reports (p10) that the council has said companies that control airlines will not be considered.

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, EasyJet's chairman, said he would register a new company, EasyAirports, and would submit an expression of interest to Luton in its name. The airport is also used by other low-cost airlines, such as Debonair and Ryanair. Debonair has opposed EasyJet's plans.

A council statement is quoted by the FT: 'We will ensure that our chosen partner operates the airport in the best interests of all its airline customers and in the public interest. Therefore it is clearly not appropriate to consider selecting a partner with links to any airline operating at the airport either now or in the future.'
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