Heathrow is the UK’s only hub airport and the UK’s biggest port by value for trade with countries outside the EU. Heathrow currently serves more than 200 destinations in more than 80 countries, connecting the UK to the world and the world to the UK.
It is not just passengers that travel through Heathrow; over £100bn worth of imports and exports with countries outside the EU were shipped through Heathrow in 2018, helping British businesses access customers in every corner of the globe.
But Heathrow’s existing runways are full and have been for over a decade. International airlines have grown their route networks at European airports like Paris and Frankfurt instead. These airports have capitalised on opportunities from new connections to growing economies in Asia and the Americas
From 18 June to 13 September 2019 Heathrow are consulting on their preferred proposals for developing and operating an expanded Heathrow, including the effects of expansion and how they intend to manage them.
In this consultation they are seeking feedback on:
- Preferred Masterplanfor expansion;
- plans to operate the future airport;
- preliminary assessment of the effects of the airport’s growth;
- plans to manage the effects of expansion.
Your feedback will help Heathrow to further refine they proposals before they submit their application for a DCO, planned for 2020.
This consultation is a statutory consultation being carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act 2008 and associated legislation and guidance. It is an important part of the planning process that applies to the Project. More information about the planning process can be found below and in the How do we obtain approval to expand Heathrow document.
For the flight paths for Heathrow’s proposed three-runway airport, they are following the Civil Aviation Authority’s Airspace Change Process. This requires Heathrow to carry out ongoing airspace design work and stakeholder engagement to develop their flight path options. Heathrow are not consulting on airspace change as part of this consultation. For more information, please see their Airspace change page.
Before you start your response please visit “How to respond“.
Visit the consultation website at https://aec.heathrowconsultation.com/ to complete your response.