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Responsible Heathrow 2020

The UK is in a global race for trade, jobs and economic growth.

Heathrow is the UK's only international hub airport providing connectivity with global markets and creating economic growth for the UK.

We are working to enhance the regional and national economic and social benefits of Heathrow.

Our ambition

Enhance the regional and national economic and social benefits of Heathrow.


On track.

£500m increase in Heathrow's annual contribution to the UK economy (GVA) to £6.9bn by 2020


Heathrow’s contribution to the UK economy (GVA) increased from £6.58bn in 2013 to £6.68bn in 2014


On track.

Continue to operate one of the most efficient hubs in the world.


The average aircraft size (measured by number of seats) has increased from 203 seats in 2013 to 205 seats in 2014

On track.

Increase the proportion of next generation aircraft (such as A380s or newer types) operating at Heathrow annually


Heathrow flights operated by next generation aircraft increased by 1.7% between 2013 and 2014

On track.

Sustain Heathrow’s leading global position as a long haul hub


The number of long haul seats increased by 1.5m between 2013 and 2014

On track.

Increase Heathrow’s connections to emerging markets by 2020


The proportion of Heathrow passengers travelling to emerging markets remained at 25% from 2013 to 2014


2014 Performance 

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Sustainability performance

CR index 2015 and 2014, business in the community awards and 2013 Big Tick award

Here's how Business In The Community rated our performance in its annual CR Index.

  • 4 stars 2015
  • 4 stars 2014
  • Platinum Big Tick 2013
BiTC CR Index