With expansion, there is the potential for 40 new direct destinations to be accessible via Heathrow, and a greater choice of airlines, creating competition and choice, and making flying more accessible to people in every nation and region of the UK.
From Wuhan in China, to San Antonio in North America or Santiago in South America – Heathrow expansion has the potential to link the UK with more long-haul destinations.
Only six airports in the world have regular flights to over 50 long-haul destinations – Heathrow has 82.
This shows how unique and valuable Heathrow is as the UK’s hub.
In total, Heathrow leisure and business passengers can access 81 different airlines and airline alliances to 180 destinations in 85 countries.
Approximately 75% of all UK long-haul flights are from Heathrow. Many long-haul routes at other London airports have struggled to become sustainable.
New connecting flights between UK airports
Heathrow already links eight UK cities to the world – Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester. An expanded Heathrow could enable flights to new domestic destinations such as Liverpool and Newquay.
easyJet, as an example, have already said they plan to add 68 routes with 19 of those not currently served at the airport. Flybe have also released that they are looking at 12 potential new domestic destinations with Heathrow expansion.
We’ve also proposed a range of measures to increase the number of domestic connections to Heathrow.