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  • Airports Commission

    Airports Commission

    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.

    To find out the latest on our expansion plans visit our dedicated website for the project: www.heathrowexpansion.com


    • 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.

    Local community

    Find out what happens next and what expansion means for you

    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: communityrelations@heathrow.com.

    You can also contact us by post:
    Heathrow Community Relations
    The Compass Centre
    Nelson Road
    Hounslow,TW6 2GW