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Listed below are sources for all facts and figures used on this website. Please also see our Documents & Resources section for more information.

  • Up to 180,000 jobs and up to £211bn economic benefits created across the UK: Airports Commission: Final Report (Airports Commission, 2015), available online, here.
  • Up to 40 new direct destinations and increased airline competition: Connecting for growth (Frontier Economics, 2011); Impact of airport expansion options on competition and choice (Frontier Economics, 2014).
  • New domestic routes: easyJet has submitted an indicative route map of destinations it would serve with expansion including new domestic destinations while Heathrow has proposed a series of measures to improve domestic air links. Information on both can be found here.
  • 5 rail links and easy HS2 connection via Old Oak Common: Assuming Western and Southern Rail Access, and the planned completion of a HS2 link to Old Oak Common, more information available here.
  • Percentage of passengers using public transport to rise to almost 60%: Figure based on estimate of 58.7% airport passenger using public transport 2040 as detailed in Heathrow: Taking Britain Further, Volume 1 (Heathrow, 2015). Available in the Documents & Resources section of this website.
  • £100bn in cargo via Heathrow each year: Seabury Trade Database (2016). In 2016, the total value of trade through Heathrow was £117.9bn.
  • Over 34% of UK exports by value to global markets outside the EU and Switzerland, travelled via Heathrow in 2016. The full calculations are available here.
  • Up to 40,000 local jobs: This includes 10,000 apprenticeships created at Heathrow (information available, here) and analysis included in the Airports Commission: Final Report (Airports Commission, 2015).
  • £105 million investment in green spaces around the airport: Taking Britain Further, Volume 1 (Heathrow, 2015), available in the Documents & Resources section of this website.
  • £700 million in property and noise compensation: *Information on Heathrow’s compulsory purchase offer, and noise insulation schemes, please click here. Heathrow’s compulsory purchase and noise insulation schemes are subject to regulatory approval.
  • 38 UK Airports support expansion at Heathrow: This includes the 32 airports making up the Regional and Business Airports (RABA) group and Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, Newcastle International, Belfast City, Glasgow, and Aberdeen airports. More information available here.
  • 200,000 fewer people affected by significant noise: Figure based on 55 Lden metric with a three-runway Heathrow in 2030 compared to 2012 base – under a “Minimise Total People” scenario, full analysis included in Heathrow’s North-West Runway: Air and Ground Noise Assessment (Heathrow Airport; Amec, 2015), available online in the Documents & Resources section of this website. .