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Artist interpretation of the third runway at night

On 25 October 2016, the Government confirmed that Heathrow is its preferred option for expansion of airport capacity in the South East. This means there is now a clear direction from Government that allows Heathrow to further develop its plans for a new runway.

The Government is now expected to put in place a National Policy Statement during 2017/18 in order to establish the necessary policy framework against which our third runway proposal will be considered and consented.

Our dedicated expansion microsite has more information on this announcement and our plans:


On July 1, 2015, the Airports Commission recommended Heathrow expansion, in its final report, as the best option to maintain the UK’s status as a global aviation hub.

The recommendation follows a 2.5 year, £20 million analysis into aviation capacity in the UK. Over 50 proposals were considered during the process.

Significantly, The Airports Commission found that up to £211bn in economic benefits and up to 180,000 jobs across the UK will be created with Heathrow expansion.

Heathrow – the UK’s hub airport – has been operating at 98% capacity for a decade and expansion will create space for another 260,000 flights.

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If you would like to know more about Heathrow’s new runway proposals, or would like to speak with a member of our Community Relations team, please call us on 0800 307 7996 or email

You can also contact us by post:

Heathrow Community Relations
The Compass Centre
Nelson Road
Hounslow,TW6 2GW