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Why Heathrow expansion?

As the UK’s busiest and only hub airport, Heathrow is a cornerstone of the country’s economy and one of Britain’s major gateways to the rest of the world.

The decision to pursue the expansion of Heathrow is a clear signal to the world that Britain is open for business. Heathrow’s expansion plan will deliver the infrastructure the UK needs to secure its future as an outwards looking trading nation. The Airports Commission, the Government and Parliament support expansion at Heathrow, as well as over 40 regional Chambers of Commerce and devolved administrations across the UK

Why is a Hub Airport is Important?

As the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow is unique in its role of driving economic growth across the UK. It is the UK’s busiest airport, accounting for nearly 75% of long-haul flights, as well as being the UK’s largest port by value for trade with countries outside the EU and Switzerland.

Having a thriving hub airport is important for helping the UK 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 the UK’s growth for over a decade, and has restricted our ability to provide many new routes to growing economies in Asia and the Americas. Meanwhile, countries like Germany and France – which have expanded their hub airports – have added those connections and today export more goods and attract more tourists from growing markets like China.

Heathrow expansion will help the UK maintain its status as an international hub for aviation, and to support the whole country 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.

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