With expansion, there is the potential for 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. Only ten airports in the world have regular flights to over 50 long-haul destinations – Heathrow has 86.This shows how unique and valuable Heathrow is as the UK’s hub.
In total, Heathrow leisure and business passengers can access 86 different airlines and airline alliances to 205 destinations in 85 countries. With expansion, our airline partners are looking to add even more international and domestic destinations. For example, Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to deliver up to 84 new destinations in the UK, Europe, and across the globe when the third runway is complete.
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 eleven UK cities to the world – Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay. An expanded Heathrow could enable flights to new domestic destinations such as Liverpool and Jersey.
Both Flybe and Easyjet have published indicative route maps, showing which UK routes they would look to operate from an expanded Heathrow. Not only have Easyjet and Flybe indicated that the number of UK connections would significantly increase, they will also provide competition on existing routes – increasing passenger choice and lowering fare
Since the Government’s decision to back Heathrow expansion, we have been getting on with delivering more viable and sustainable air links for all of Britain. In January 2017, we announced a £10 passenger discount on domestic flights, to provide more affordable connections to passengers and businesses across Britain.
We went even further in January 2018 and increased the domestic passenger discount to £15 to support our domestic services.