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How Expansion Benefits Your Area

Heathrow expansion is a national project that will benefit every region

New estimates show that the Heathrow expansion will deliver tens of billions in economic benefits across the UK by 2050. Businesses in each corner of the country will be better connected to new growth markets, while passengers across Britain will enjoy easier journeys into Heathrow, more choice and competition among airlines, and new connections within the UK.

Connecting to the World

Doubling Heathrow’s cargo capacity and adding new long-haul destinations will connect businesses across the country to new markets and trading opportunities across the globe.

Connecting all of Britain

Today, Heathrow supports domestic routes to eleven destinations across the UK. Our expansion plan will deliver greater domestic connectivity, and we have already started delivering against this:

  • In January 2017, we launched a £10 passenger discount to domestic departing passenger charges, to make domestic routes more affordable. We went even further in January 2018 and increased the discount to £15 to support our domestic services.
  • We support the principle of ring-fencing slots at Heathrow post-Brexit and are the first major airport to argue for ring-fencing to support regional route development.
  • And we have committed to bring in a £10m ‘route development fund’ with expansion, to help establish new domestic connections from Heathrow.

These measures will help connect regions that currently do not have a direct link to Heathrow, as well as improving and protecting the routes to cities that are already served. Domestic routes will allow more businesses across the country, from the smallest SME to the largest exporter, to maximise the opportunities of an expanded Heathrow with increased cargo capacity and new long-haul connections.

Boosting Tourism

An expanded Heathrow doesn’t just benefit exporters, it benefits tourists too. As the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow handles the majority of inbound long-haul leisure and tourist passengers using London airports.

More flights from Heathrow to new destinations across the UK will help boost tourism in every region of Britain, and with our £15 passenger discount to domestic passenger charges, it is now more affordable for tourists arriving at Heathrow to visit every corner of the country. New and improved links by road and rail, including the proposed Western Rail Link and Southern Rail Access, as well as Crossrail and HS2, will help drive tourism to every corner of the UK.

Plus, we use our position as the country’s hub airport to showcase great British tourist destinations to the world. Through partnerships with groups such as the Government’s GREAT Britain campaign, we encourage our 80 million annual passengers from all over the world to venture across the whole of the UK. From December 2018, we have placed twelve 3D experiential frames for every region and nation in our terminals, and a themed gateroom for Scotland and Wales, with Northern Ireland coming soon.

Improved Transport Links

Public transport journey times to Heathrow will be transformed across the country. New rail investments will enable millions more people to reach the airport through sustainable forms of transport, and dramatically reduce journey times. With these investments, by 2030, 70% of Britain’s population are expected to be within three hours of the airport.