Commenting on the Competition Commission's recommendation that BAA sells some of its airports, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, David Frost, said:

 "We're supportive of measures which aim to improve the passenger experience. Businesses are heavily reliant on air travel and at present they are not receiving the level of service required. Increasing competition in the market is a key tool in improving this situation.

"However, we must not lose sight of the need to maintain Heathrow as a global hub. The Commission's proposals must be considered in tandem with essential expansion at Heathrow.

 "It is also vital that the the Planning Bill is successfully implemented. Without planning reform and the creation of the Independent Planning Commission, any potential new operator of the UK's airports will be constrained in their attempts to add capacity and quality."