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Why Heathrow expansion?

As the UK’s busiest and only hub airport, Heathrow is a cornerstone of the country’s economy and one of Britain’s major gateways to the rest of the world.

Heathrow expansion would bring benefits for the whole of the UK, boosting trade, creating jobs and delivering a skills legacy.

Expansion provides a unique opportunity to build a long-term and sustainable legacy for local communities.

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As the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow plays a vital role connecting businesses across the country to global growth.

Expansion is widely supported across the UK. Find out more.

Why is a Hub Airport is Important?

As the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow is unique in its role of driving economic growth across the UK. It is the UK’s busiest airport, accounting for nearly 75% of long-haul flights, as well as being the UK’s largest port by value for trade with countries outside the EU and Switzerland. 

Having a thriving hub airport is important for helping the UK to remain competitive in the world.

Heathrow expansion would help the UK maintain its status as an international hub for aviation, and to support the whole country in the competition to stay at the heart of the global economy.

The Airports Commission, the Government and Parliament support expansion at Heathrow, as well as over 40 regional Chambers of Commerce and devolved administrations across the UK

 

Heathrow Expansion-National Benefits

  • Increased access to long haul markets, new domestic air routes and improved surface connections mean that Heathrow expansion will drive growth to every corner of the UK.
  • A new runway could mean more daily flights to emerging markets such as in Asia.
  • Heathrow has pledged to double the number of apprenticeships to 10,000 at the airport and across the supply chain.

This is why over 40 regional Chambers of Commerce and devolved administrations across the UK back Heathrow Expansion. It is the same reason why the Airports Commission and the Government support expansion at Heathrow.