Jan 30, 2015: The UK’s biggest budget airline easyJet has today submitted its response to the Airports Commission’s national consultation, in which it states that “expansion at Heathrow would provide the greatest passenger and economic benefits”.
In a foreword by Easyjet Chief Executive Carolyn McCall, the submission states:
“It is clear that long haul airlines want to expand at Heathrow and if they can’t, they will do so not at Gatwick but at other airports such as Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.”
“Heathrow does not currently have low cost, short haul airlines but an expanded Heathrow would allow airlines like easyJet to operate there – providing more competition which will mean new routes, more services and lower fares. easyJet’s costs are on average 420% lower than legacy airlines and so we expect to be able to more than offset the increase in airport charges.”
“By comparison, the Gatwick proposal requires a significant increase in airport charges. This would inevitably lead to higher fares for Gatwick’s passengers, the vast majority of whom are flying for leisure.” You can read the full submission on the easyJet website.”
Heathrow statement on the easyJet consultation submission
“We are delighted that easyJet wants to operate from an expanded Heathrow.”
“It is great news for Heathrow passengers and we look forward to working with easyJet to deliver new routes and services.”
The National Consultation closes on 3 February and will help inform whether the Commission recommends Heathrow or Gatwick for expansion in the summer
Where could easyJet fly to from Heathrow?
Heathrow expansion could allow easyJet to provide Heathrow passengers with new destinations and greater competition on routes. The airline submitted the following indicative route map in its response to the Airports Commission:
Find out more:
New figures released today quantify for the first time how an expanded Heathrow will benefit every UK nation and region. The findings prove that Heathrow is the best option for both jobs and economic growth in all parts of the country.
With the Airports Commission’s consultation coming to a close next week, the data sheds new light on the aviation debate.
The independent report by QUOD, commissioned by Heathrow, confirms over half the gains from forecasted economic benefits and job creation will be made outside of London and the South East, a fact that is further endorsed by the public support Heathrow has already received from 26 Chambers of Commerce across the UK.
Regional employment benefits as a result of foreign investment and trade could total 179,800 new jobs across the UK in 2050, as long haul connections and increased freight capacity at an expanded Heathrow bring more business to the UK.
Table 1: Comparison of employment impacts by region in 2050 (jobs)
|London & SE||17,200||71,600|
|Yorkshire & Humber||3,500||11,200|
|Rest of England||24,800||78,600|
|Rest of UK||7,600||29,500|
Using the same analysis, the growth expected as a result of Heathrow’s expansion is significantly more than that forecast for a new runway at Gatwick in all areas across the UK. The West Midlands, for example, is forecast to receive an increase of £9.7 billion GDP for Heathrow, compared to £6.7 billion for Gatwick.
Table 2: Comparison of present value of real GDP impacts by Region (£bn 2014 prices)
|London & SE||30.9||58.6|
|Yorkshire & Humber||6.2||9.0|
|Rest of England||44.5||64.4|
|Rest of UK||13.6||24.1|
Where will the economic growth come from?
Trade is likely to play a big part in economic growth, with towns and cities across the rest of the country currently benefitting from nine times more employment from foreign investment in manufacturing than those in London and the South East.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to lead the way in research and development and the digital technology field, experiencing the greatest benefits from increased employment in these sectors.
The report adds new detail to the findings of the Airports Commission in its interim report last year, which also confirmed an expanded Heathrow would deliver the best economic outcomes for regions.
“The verdict is in – expansion of Heathrow will be best for every region and nation of the UK – more jobs and more economic growth. That is why 28 chambers of commerce from up and down the country are backing Heathrow, together with unions, businesses and local people. Only Heathrow can help to grow and rebalance our economy by connecting all of Britain to global growth. An expanded Heathrow can be the most modern, efficient, sustainable and best connected airport in the world – attracting more business, more investment and delivering more jobs and growth that the whole country can benefit from,” John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO.
It is based on the Airports Commission’s baseline scenario for future growth and remains a conservative estimate of the potential economic and employment benefits that could be delivered by a new runway at Heathrow.
Further scenarios developed by the Commission estimate the total economic benefit of Heathrow expansion at £211 billion across the UK, almost £65 billion more than the baseline adopted for this report, demonstrating that significant additional value could potentially be secured.
From Wales or England? See how your rail journey time to Heathrow is also set to dramatically improve using our new interactive map, here.
Find out more:
- Heathrow announces new commitments to connect UK regions and nations
- “Best for Britain, Backed by Britain” report launched showcasing support for Heathrow across the UK
- Connecting regions
- National Connectivity Taskforce launched
1.The Airports Commission has published its assessment of the wider economic impacts of expanding runway capacity in the South East. This provides an assessment of the impact at national level in terms of GDP and jobs which is then broken down into three broad regions – London & the South East, the Rest of England and The Rest of the UK. Heathrow Airport Ltd has commissioned Quod and Frontier Economics to provide a further assessment of how this breaks down to individual regions such as Yorkshire and the West Midlands based on previous work they have undertaken.
The assessment takes the Commission’s split of impacts between the three broad regions and further disaggregates them to individual regions based on each region’s share of economic activity and jobs in sectors that are likely to benefit from expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick. The Commission expects most of the increase in jobs to be in manufacturing and in key service sectors such as financial services, telecommunications and business services. Regions with strengths in these sectors are expected to see employment growth even if they are not close to airports with links to Heathrow or Gatwick.
Chinese New Year is the most important holiday for Chinese communities in London and across the world. Based on the lunar and solar calendars, each year is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. It’s a time where families come together and celebrate the impending year ahead.
The year of the Goat
Within Chinese astrology, every year has an animal associated to it. This occurs in a 12-year cycle and the animals include: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep/Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar. This year, 2015, is a year of the Sheep/Goat!
Join in the celebrations
From 29 January through to 22 February 2015 we will be celebrating with a number of events taking place within all terminals. Passengers can join in the following celebrations at the start of their journey here at Heathrow:
Chinese calligraphy writing – have your name written in Chinese characters.
Chinese astrology fortune tellers and cards – learn more about your birth year and your predictions for 2015.
Discover Jianzhi – the Chinese art of paper cutting.
Indulge in fortune cookies and Chinese sweets and a range of delicious Chinese dishes on offer at The Gorgeous Kitchen in Terminal 2, Rhubarb in Terminal 3,
Dinning Street at Terminal 4 or Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in Terminal 5.
Look out for special discounts and gift vouchers.
Also for those traveling to China on China Southern Airlines, will be given a traditional Red Envelope to bring in the New Year.
Heading to London and wondering where to celebrate?
With floats, traditional food and crafts, Chinese lions, dancing dragons and more, check out the parade from Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue on 22 February between 10am – 6pm.
Other events will also be taking place at Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.
For more information go to VisitLondon.
We’d like to wish you all a Xin Nian Kuai Le (Mandarin) and San Nin Faai Lok (Cantonese)!
Not travelling during the celebrations but still want to take part? Check out the Chinese astrology cards below to discover your fortune for 2015:
Keeping passengers happy, safe and well looked after is the responsibility of everyone at Heathrow. But there is a group of people whose passion for service inspires them to lend a helping hand in return for nothing more than the satisfaction of making every journey better – Heathrow’s volunteers.
Volunteers can help a passenger from when they first arrive at the airport to when they board the plane. Rose Harper has been volunteering at Heathrow since she signed up ahead of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
“I used to work in travel, so I’ve always been interested in how airports work,” she said. “I enjoy the buzz at Heathrow, but I also genuinely enjoy helping people in any way I can. I like to think if I was overseas and lost or in a pickle, someone would do the same for me.
“Of course we are there to assist full time employees and help them focus on what they do well. In my experience they are delighted to see us there and always seek us out to lend a hand when it is busy!”
Volunteers assist with anything from helping passengers find their way around the airport, to helping them check-in or find lost documents.
Rose is a carer for two family members but having the opportunity to use her customer service skills in a busy working environment is something she relishes.
She said: “It’s good for me. I try and do a six-hour shift every three weeks or so. It’s a wonderful opportunity. I never know what the next moment will bring and when I come home afterwards, I always feel as though I’ve made a difference.”
Next time you visit Heathrow, look out for our volunteers like Rose. They are easily identifiable with their purple fleeces (as pictured below) and would love to help you out or simply have a chat about your journey.
This story first featured in the award winning Heathrow Life publication.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at SimLocal and STK Accessories to giveaway a travel essentials bundle, which includes a Cuboid power bank, SMC970 Bluetooth speaker, and a world travel charger. To enter like our SimLocal post found on our Facebook page. Terms and conditions can be found below.
1. By entering this competition, the entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
2. No purchase necessary.
3. This competition is not open to employees of LHR Airports Limited (LHR) or any person directly or indirectly connected with this competition or family members of any of these persons.
4. Entry is open to all Facebook users.
5. To be eligible for the draw the entrant must like the post posted from Heathrow by 23.59 (BST) Friday 30 January, 2015.
6. There will be one (1) prize for one (1) winner. The prizes are a Cuboid power bank, SMC970 Bluetooth speaker and a world travel charger worth up to £64.99. The prizes are non-refundable and cannot be returned or exchanged for any other product.
7. All entrants who like the post posted by Heathrow Airport on Facebook on Tuesday 27 January, 2015 will go into a random draw to win the prize.
8. The winner will be notified on Facebook within 72 hours of the competition closing (23.59 (BST) on Monday 2 February, 2015). If the prize is unclaimed by the initial winner(s) within 30 days, there will be no further prize awarded. LHR’s decision regarding the selection of the winner is final and there will be no further correspondence.
9. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by an entrant will void their entry. Misrepresentative or fraudulent entries will invalidate an entry.
10. LHR reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition (including altering prizes) if, in LHR’s sole discretion, a competition is not capable of being conducted as specified. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Entrants must understand that they are providing their information to LHR and not Facebook.
11. By entering, all entrants agree to release Facebook from all liability whatsoever in connection with this competition.
12. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. The promoter is LHR Airports Limited of The Compass Centre, 1st Floor, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2GW.
On this day of national celebration, Australia Day, we are delighted to be Qantas’ home away from home in the UK. With daily flights to and from Sydney with the national flag carrier we wanted to showcase what this sunny spot has to offer.
Reasons to visit
The sun, sand and surf! Sydney is located on Australia’s East coast and is the perfect getaway for travelers looking for a buzzing cosmopolitan city while making the most of the laid-back ‘Aussie’ beach culture.
Best time to visit
Most ‘Sydneysiders’ love summer as it’s truly beach weather, so slap on the sunscreen, a hat, your ‘swimmers’ and head to one of the spectacular beaches. Summer starts on 1 December and finishes in late February. Water temperatures can reach a delightful 22 degrees. However for anyone who can’t handle the heat, spring weather is pleasant with temperatures ranging from 13°C – 22°C. (Pictured: Bondi Beach)
Surrounded by water, seafood lovers are in luck! Australia is also famous for the abundance of tropical fruit. Pineapple anyone? Below are our favourites for dining out in Sydney:
The Australian Dollar – AUD. 1 GBP = approx. AUD 1.85. To make things simple and easy you can pre-order and collect your currency at Heathrow, using Travelex. Secure yourself a better rate online before you fly here!
Where to spend your dollars
With a wealth of local designers such as Alex Perry, Alice McCall and Sass & Bide to local markets, there is plenty of hot spots to spend your cash. Our favourites for serious retail therapy include:
Pitt Street Mall: In the heart of the city and includes designer as well as high street shops
Oxford Street, Paddington: Best For boutique/designer shopping. Plenty of bars and cafes too.
Bondi Junction Westfield: On the way to Bondi beach, one of Sydney’s largest shopping malls and part of the Westfield Group.
Bondi Markets: From 10am – 4pm Sundays at the Northern end of Bondi beach. From budding fashion designers to local crafts and antiques, this market is cheap and cheerful and a must see on a sunny Sunday.
Glebe Markets: Cheap and cheerful markets that take place in eclectic Glebe that take place every Saturday.
Things you can’t miss
Walk from coast from Bondi to Coogee – Enjoy the unspoiled foreshores, fresh air and stunning beaches. Bondi beach is one that many visitors would recognize from photos of Sydney. It boasts spectacular white sand and an exceptional swimming spot.
Watch the Opera or a show in the iconic Sydney Opera House.
- Catch the ferry to Manly and enjoy a beach side lunch. Tip: Sit at the back of the ferry on the way to Manly and enjoy the sensational view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
- Visit the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains: An hour’s drive from the city and a true natural beauty. The three sisters are large rock formations surrounded by the picturesque Jamison Valley. Don’t forget your hiking shoes if you’re keen to explore.
- Watch a cricket game/Australian Rules Football Game at the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground: In summer the cricket season is in full swing. If visiting later in the year, an Aussie Rules game is a must see at the Sydney Swan’s home ground (approx April – September).
- Walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge – or up it! One of Sydney’s most photographed landmarks, walking over it will take you from Sydney’s central business district to Sydney’s North Shore. If you’re keen for panoramic views, the Sydney Bridge Climb is the ultimate tourist attraction to see the city from 134m above sea level.
- Indulge in fresh fish at the Sydney Fish Markets – For seafood lovers, you can’t go past the Sydney fish markets. Fresh fish is delivered daily straight from fishing boats. Visitors can find everything from prawns to lobster to delicious Sydney rock oysters! Open seven days a week and easily accessible via a short tram ride from the CBD.
Did you know…
Sydney was the site of the first British colony in Australia, which was founded in 1788.
In Australia they speak English, with a very distinctive Aussie accent! Other languages spoken include the native Aboriginal language which comprises of up to twenty-seven languages which are associated to differing local tribes across the country. If you would like to feel involved, the odd bit of Aussie slang couldn’t go amiss.
Hello there – G’day mate
Aussie ‘Tucker’ – Australian food
Thongs – flip-flops
Swimmers/Budgie Smugglers – Swimming costume
Visas – UK passport holders
You need a visa to travel to Australia. Information on electronic visas can be found on the Government website.
Qantas Airways has daily flights to and from Sydney, on their A380. They are part of the One World alliance, allowing passengers to earn points on reciprocal frequent flyer programs. Further details are available online. Other carriers who fly to Australia include; British Airways, Etihad Airways (via Abu Dhabi), Emirates (via Dubai) and Singapore Airlines (Via Changi).
Send us your travel pictures of the beautiful city- we would love to share them! Reach out to us on Twitter @HeathrowAirport, Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram.
(Photo credits to iStock, Sydney Bridge Climb, Sydney Swans, VisitSydney.com and www.bluemts.com.au)
Heathrow has launched a new series of banners showcasing the growing support for Heathrow expansion from around the UK.
The banner advertisements cover the support from other airports around the UK, local communities, business organisations and freight operators.
Organisations included within the banners are:
Leeds Bradford Airport
Do you support Heathrow expansion? Make your voice heard and submit your support to the Airports Commission in moments here.
UPDATE (Sept 9, 2015): A follow-up poll of over 12,000 people across 12 constituencies (1,000 per constituency) has found more local people continue to support Heathrow expansion than oppose it. Find out more here..
Jan 19, 2015: Polling released today reveals that for the first time more than 50% of residents in Heathrow’s surrounding constituencies support the airport’s expansion plans.
Polling released today reveals that for the first time more than 50% of residents in Heathrow’s surrounding constituencies support the airport’s expansion plans.
The research undertaken by independent polling company Populus also reveals that the residents rate additional jobs and apprenticeships as the top reasons for their support.
10,006 residents from Spelthorne, Richmond Park, Brentford and Isleworth, Feltham and Heston, Windsor, Ealing Central and Acton, Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Slough, Hayes and Harlington and Twickenham answered questions about their feelings towards Heathrow’s plans and the airport more generally.
The results show that 58% of residents feel positive about the airport while 35% have a neutral feeling with only 7% saying they have a negative feeling towards the airport.
22% of local residents said they would be more likely to vote for a Parliamentary candidate if they support expansion and 17% said they are likely to vote for them if they oppose expansion.
The research is the largest undertaken locally since the Airports Commission was formed and highlights a strong level of local support in the majority of the constituencies surveyed.
This further demonstrates the importance of Heathrow to local residents, those mostly affected by the airport and who have traditionally been perceived as opposing the plans.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO said: “There is a growing consensus that expanding Heathrow is vital for the British economy. It will create 180,000 jobs up and down the country and keep Britain at the heart of the global economy.
Now we can see that it is not only the right solution, it is also deliverable. With the majority of local residents backing expansion, the time has come to be ambitious and get on with it.”
Find out who else is supporting Heathrow expansion:
- UK Airports support Heathrow expansion
- “Best for Britain, Backed by Britain” report launched showcasing support for Heathrow expansion
- BBOXX to solar-power the world via Heathrow
Populus interviewed at least 1,000 adult residents (18+) in ten constituencies local to Heathrow Airport by telephone between 19 November and 21 December 2014. In total, 10,006 residents were interviewed. Results were weighted to be demographically representative of all adults in each constituency, and were also weighted by past vote to be politically representative of all adults.
A full breakdown of the latest polling can be found athttp://www.populus.co.uk/Poll/Heathrow-Poll-2/
Previous polling undertaken- full breakdown of areas surveyed and results available at:
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye has explained why Vietnam Airlines moving from Gatwick to Heathrow shows why only Heathrow expansion will help Britain compete on the world stage, in a piece published in City A.M. this morning.
The article, pictured below, outlines how the Vietnam Airlines becoming the 22nd airline to move from Gatwick to Heathrow since 2008, shows that airline demand is for the benefits a hub airport like Heathrow provides.
Do you agree with John? Show your support for the up to 180,000 jobs and £211bn economic benefits Heathrow expansion will bring in moments, here.
The case for Heathrow expansion has gotten stronger after Heathrow released its record 2014 traffic results this week including 73.4 million passengers and 1.5 million metric tonnes of cargo.
A record 73.4 million passengers made journeys through Heathrow in 2014, marking an increase of 1.4% on 2013 figures.
Fast-growing emerging markets continue to be a driver of this traffic growth at Heathrow, with passenger volumes up 6.3% to Latin America, 5.2% to East Asia and 3.5% to the Middle East & Central Asia.
The growth in long-haul traffic was helped also by a 2.5% increase in transfer passengers – proving the value of pooling demand at hub airport while attracting more long-haul flights to growth markets in China and Mexico.
Heathrow’s importance to the UK trade around the world was also highlighted by a 5.3% increase in cargo volumes to a record 1.5 million metric tonnes, helping more of Britain’s exports reach new markets.
A record December…
The record breaking yearly figures come on the back of a record December for Heathrow.
Heathrow saw its busiest ever December with 5.93 million passengers choosing to travel through the airport over the festive season, an increase of 2.4% on December 2013.
“Only by expanding Heathrow can we add direct flights to the world’s growing cities, increase our exports and connect all of the UK to global growth. Expanding Heathrow will help Britain win the race for growth.” – Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye
Larger, quieter aircraft continued to contribute to passenger growth at Heathrow. Seats per aircraft increased 0.6% to 208.4, while load factors remained strong at 76.6%. Passengers per aircraft rose 0.4% to 159.6.
Passenger volumes continued growth within emerging markets, increasing 15.1% to China, 10.9% to Mexico and 4.0% to the Middle East & Central Asia.
Heathrow continued to welcome the transfer passengers that make such long-haul routes viable, with year-on-year volumes increasing 4.7%.
Cargo volumes saw strong growth of 6.2% overall, including increases of 33.5% to Mexico, 29.4% to Brazil, 15% to Turkey and 11.2% to India.