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Why Heathrow?

Expanding the UK’s only hub, extending our global reach and doubling cargo capacity will deliver a significant boost for Britain. It will help equip the UK with the infrastructure the country needs, and help to build a secure economy for future generations.

Why a hub airport is important?

The Government’s decision to support expansion at Heathrow was a decision to expand capacity at the UK’s only hub airport. As the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow is unique in its role of driving economic growth across the country.

It is the UK’s busiest airport, accounting for nearly 75% of long-haul flights from the UK. It is the UK’s largest port by value for countries outside EU.

Having a thriving hub airport is important for helping Britain to remain competitive in the world. But Heathrow is full, and our competitor hub airports across Europe are continuing to grow.

Operating at 98% capacity has been constraining Britain’s growth for over a decade. Expansion will help the UK maintain its status as an international hub for aviation, and to support Britain in the competition to stay at the heart of the global economy.

How would expanding Heathrow benefit the UK?

Heathrow Expansion-National Benefits

  • The Airports Commission found that expansion will create up to 180,000 jobs across the country, and deliver up to £187 billion in economic 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 in Asia and South America.
  • Heathrow Expansion will create 5,000 additional apprenticeships, bringing the total to 10,000 by 2030.

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.