The Expansion Plan
Heathrow Airport Expansion Consultation - On now
The Airport Expansion Consultation runs from 18th June until 13th September 2019 and gives you the opportunity to provide feedback on Heathrow’s proposals for the future layout of the airport, including the new runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access.
Your will also be able to have your say on plans to manage the environmental impacts of expansion, including a proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone, Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge and a proposed 6.5-hour ban on scheduled night flights.
The case for Heathrow Expansion
Heathrow’s runways are full. We have been operating at 98% capacity for over a decade. This has meant airlines have not been able to grow at Heathrow, choosing instead to fly to other European airports like Paris and Frankfurt. Research shows that direct air connectivity between two countries helps to facilitate greater trade.
Because Heathrow’s runways are full, Britain has not been able to add as many new routes to growing economies in Asia and the Americas. Meanwhile, countries like Germany and France – who have expanded their hub airports – have added those connections and today export more goods and attract more tourists from growing markets like China.
That has meant Britain losing out to our European competitors in the global race for foreign investment, jobs and trade. In 2018, Munich Airport surpassed Heathrow in hub connectivity. Within the global top 20 Hub connectivity league, London Heathrow went from 8th position (2017) to 9th position (2018).
Amid the uncertainty with Brexit, these statistics reinforce that UK Govt cannot be complacent and why getting on and delivering Heathrow expansion is so important. If Britain wants to secure its economic future and its status as an international aviation hub, it must expand its hub airport at Heathrow.