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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 by £219m from £6.36bn in 2012 to £6.58bn in 2013


On track.

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


Passenger numbers increased by 2.3m between 2012 and 2013

On track.

Increase the proportion of next generation aircraft operating at Heathrow annually


Heathrow flights operated by next generation aircraft increased by 1.3% between 2012 and 2013

On track.

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


The proportion of Heathrow passengers travelling to emerging markets remained at 25% from 2012 to 2013

On track.

Increase Heathrow’s connections to emerging markets by 2020


The number of long haul seats increased by 9.2m between 2012 and 2013


Performance as at January 2014

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Sustainability awards

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