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Next phase of consultation launched for Heathrow expansion as project gathers momentum

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Today Heathrow launches its Airspace and Future Operations consultation and is asking local communities to help shape the airport’s plans for its future airspace – both for the existing two runways and as part of the proposed expansion.

  • Eight-week consultation on Airspace & Future Operations is launching on 8th January
  • Next phase of public consultation is the latest delivery milestone for proposed Heathrow expansion
  • Heathrow is asking the public to help shape the airport’s future airspace design, and give views on how an expanded airport could operate – including runway alternation and proposals on night flights

This is the latest milestone for Heathrow expansion following the landmark Parliamentary vote last summer. An overwhelming majority of MPs voted to approve the Airports National Policy Statement, which provides support for Heathrow expansion, by a margin of four to one. The launch of this stage of the consultation keeps Heathrow on schedule to deliver expansion, which is part of the key trading infrastructure Britain will need to succeed post-Brexit.

What is the consultation about?

The eight- week Airspace & Fugure Operations consultation ran from 8th January until 4th March and sought feedback on several key topics:

  • Airspace change for an expanded Heathrow: the local factors we should consider in different geographic areas when designing future flight paths.
  • Airspace change to make better use of our existing two runways: the local factors we should consider in different geographic areas when designing new flight paths for some aircraft arrivals on our existing two runways.
  • Future operations for an expanded Heathrow: how we will operate our three runways in the future – this includes managing noise; respite through runway and airspace alternation; directional preference and night flights.

VIDEO | Consultation overview

There was over 30 consultation events across local boroughs throughout the consultation period, where members of the public will be able to ask questions and provide their feedback. A full list of dates, times and locations can be found here: http://afo.heathrowconsultation.com

This major public consultation follows on from the airport’s first consultation on expansion, which was held from January to March 2018. Heathrow will hold a further consultation in June on its emerging plans for expansion including the new runway and associated physical infrastructure, as well as presenting options to mitigate and manage the effects of the airport’s growth.

Heathrow’s aim is to design a sustainable, fair and more efficient future airport while connecting the UK to global growth. It is crucial that our plans maximise the benefits of expansion across the country, including for the communities closest to us—and working in partnership with our neighbours is just one way of ensuring they do so. We are committed to delivering expansion responsibly, and we encourage everyone to have their say and take part

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Director for Expansion

Delivering expansion responsibly is a key priority for Heathrow and the process of open and transparent public consultation is crucial to building the right plan for the future airport. Heathrow is holding a multi-stage consultation process to ensure that stakeholders have the best opportunity to be involved throughout the process. This approach to consultation will help shape Heathrow’s future plans, and ensure it creates a legacy of jobs, growth and trade for a truly global Britain while delivering on its commitments to local communities.

Visit the consultation website now

From 8 January 2019 until 4 March 2019 we consulted on airspace change and future operations at an expanded Heathrow. The Consultation closed on March 4th 2019 at 23:55 and we are now in the process of reviewing your responses.