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UPDATE, 11 May 2016: Heathrow responded to the 11 Airports Commission conditions for its expansion. Find out more about the announcement and Heathrow's response at

Heathrow expansion recommended by Airports Commission

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.

For the latest news and information on Heathrow expansion please visit our dedicated expansion site: Heathrow: The right choice

Why increasing UK hub airport capacity is important

The UK is short of hub-airport capacity. It’s costing the country trade and jobs. Heathrow – the UK’s only hub airport – is effectively full and operating at 98% capacity. The Government set up the Airports Commission to look at the problem of airport capacity and recommend a way forward.

Most economic growth over the next 40 years will come from Asia, North America and South America while traditional markets in Europe face a lower growth future. This is why the UK needs better long-haul connections.

The UK is in a global race to improve links with emerging economies and deliver the trade, jobs and economic growth that will otherwise go to our international competitors.

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Contact Community Relations

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