Heathrow celebrates busiest ever day

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Published 27th July 2015

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Heathrow celebrated its busiest ever departures day on Friday (24 July 2015), welcoming over 130,000 passengers!

While the final total is still being finalised, over 130,624 departing passengers is the provisional total – which breaks the previous record of 129,059 from 12 May this year.

Signficantly, Terminal 5 broke its all time record to register a staggering total of over 57,500 passengers!

Extra services in terminal for passengers

Heathrow has put in place a number of extra services in place to help passengers – including the over 500,000 we’ve seen in the last four days.

Normand Boivin, Chief Operating Officer at Heathrow commented: “We’re dedicated to continuously training our staff and investing in skills so that they can always provide the best passenger service. This is a commitment that has seen passengers recognise Heathrow as Western Europe’s best airport.”

“However, we don’t want to rest on our laurels. We always want to encourage our staff to go further, to be creative and think of the unexpected things that could surprise and delight passengers.”

“During the summer holidays, when millions of families fly away on their holidays, it’s the little things that can help make an airport journey more fun and relaxing for both parents and children. Whether that’s free restaurant meals for kids in Heathrow’s restaurants or simply acknowledging that a child has an imaginary friend who they believe is as real as you or me – at Heathrow we have an ambition to become the friendliest family airport and to give all our passengers the best airport service in the world.”

Highlights include:

  • Offers on car parking

  • Free travel for kids on the Heathrow Express

  • Great play areas for children

  • Exclusive discounts and special retail offers

  • Kids eat free at select restaurants

Win a London Family Adventure Day

To celebrate the fantastic family-friendly offers available this Summer, Heathrow are giving you the chance to win a London Family Adventure Day including tickets to Shrek’s Adventure, the London Eye and a Red Bus Tour of all of London’s major attractions!

To enter, click here.

Three of the most influential figures in business, politics and the trade union movement united yesterday to make a joint call for the expansion of Heathrow. Speaking at an event in central London attended by over one hundred Heathrow supporters, Paul Drechsler, President of the CBI, Paul Nowak, Assistant General Secretary of the TUC and the Rt Hon Graham Brady MP, Chair of the Conservative 1922 Committee declared their support for Heathrow expansion.

The three stood together to call on the Prime Minister to implement the Airport Commission’s recommendation to expand Heathrow to help British businesses compete for global growth, create 180,000 jobs and support a truly national recovery built on exports, skills and investment.

Addressing the audience, Paul Nowak, Assistant General Secretary of the TUC said: “Expansion at Heathrow will help generate much needed jobs that are vital to the local community and support wider economic growth. The TUC believes that unions and their members can play a vital role in ensuring expansion is delivered on time and on budget. We also want to work with government, airlines and the airport to ensure that the project delivers long-term benefits for sustainable UK jobs, skills and growth.”

Paul Drechsler, President of the CBI, said: “In today’s global world, making the right connections is more important than ever. The Airports Commission has given a clear recommendation – a third runway at Heathrow would deliver the greatest economic benefits of the options on the table.

An economic necessity

Spare runway capacity isn’t an optional extra, it’s an economic necessity that will help rebalance our economy towards trade and investment. But the clock is ticking – each day we fail to boost our connectivity, the UK misses out on trade growth.

Over the period it could take for a new runway to be built, the UK will lose up to £31 billion in trade from limited growth in flights to the BRICs alone, so it’s essential we see a decision from the Prime Minister this side of Christmas.”

Graham Brady, Chair of the Conservative 1922 Committee, said: “This government is pro-business, pro-growth and serious about making the right strategic decisions for the benefit of whole of the UK. Following the publication of the Davies commission report, the government should announce an early decision to ensure that Britain has a successful hub airport into the future.”

During the consultation process Heathrow developed a fundamentally different proposal than that which was rejected in 2010, reducing noise for local residents and meeting air quality and climate targets, whilst providing regular, direct flights to all the growing markets of the world to deliver £211bn in economic benefit.

Clear and unambiguous recommendation

As a result, the expert panel returned an unequivocal recommendation that Heathrow should be allowed to expand, concluding that the benefits would be “significantly greater for business passengers, freight operators and the broader economy” than any other option. It’s a plan which has seen Heathrow expansion backed by business, 100,000 local residents, and politicians on all sides as well as the Prime Minister’s Airports Commission itself.

“The Prime Minister showed leadership in establishing an independent Airports Commission and we have delivered a new plan that is supported across the spectrum of British life – from local people, to British business, from trade unions to politicians, from Newquay to Inverness. If the government is serious about exports, jobs, and rebalancing the economy, it must make the choice that Britain is calling for – and expand Heathrow. We are ready, let’s get on with it.” Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye.

 

Over 270 of Britain’s leading business leaders have signed an open letter to the Prime Minster demanding the Government implement the Airports Commission’s clean and unanimous recommendation to expand Heathrow.

The letter – sent from signatories ranging from FTSE chiefs and Britain’s key business and trade associations, to leading global brands and SMEs spanning the whole of the UK – sends a clear message that UK business growth and productivity is being held back by lack of capacity at Heathrow.

As the UK’s biggest port and only hub airport, businesses rely on Heathrow’s global network to reach fast-growing emerging markets – more capacity will improve connectivity both within and outside the UK, driving exports and stimulating growth across the whole of the UK.

Further delay will be increasingly costly and will be seen, nationally and internationally, as a sign that the UK is unwilling or unable to take the steps needed to maintain its position as a well-connected open trading economy in the twenty first century.

David Cameron set up the Commission in 2012 to find the right way to maintain the UK’s status as an aviation hub. The business leaders signing the letter join SMEs from up and down the UK, politicians from across the political divide, major trade unions and a majority of people in Heathrow’s local communities all backing Heathrow’s expansion plans.

The choice the Prime Minister faces is clear – action on Heathrow is the only way to secure Britain’s future as a powerhouse in the global economy, whilst doing nothing will put Britain’s economy in a perilous position.

Heathrow CEO John Holland Kaye said:

“The Prime Minister showed leadership in establishing an independent Airports Commission. It unambiguously concluded that expanding Heathrow is the best way of securing Britain’s future as a powerhouse in the global economy.

Now the Prime Minister has the opportunity to show he is serious about delivering Britain’s long-term economic plan by listening to businesses from across the UK and backing Heathrow expansion. This debate has never been about a runway – it is about the future of our country. Let’s get on with it.”

The letter was covered in the Sunday Telegraph.

Signatories include: Business Leaders

  • Sir Nigel Rudd (Chairman, Heathrow Airport Limited)
  • Ronan Dunne (CEO, Telefonica)
  • John Gildersleeve (Chairman, British Land)
  • Sir Michael Rake
  • Sir John Parker (Former President, The Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • Carolyn McCall (CEO, easyJet)
  • John Barton (Chairman, easyJet)
  • Mike Turner CBE (Chairman, Babcock International)
  • Bob Mackenzie (Executive Chairman, The Automobile Association)
  • Ken Olisa OBE (Chairman, Restoration Partners)
  • Inderneel Singh (Managing Director, Radisson Blu Mayfair)
  • Lindsay Page (COO, Ted Baker)
  • Nigel Rich (Chairman, SEGRO)
  • Stephen Hubbard (Chairman UK, CBRE)
  • Keith Howells (Chairman, Mott MacDonald)
  • Mark Reynolds (CEO, Mace)
  • Derek Mapp (Chairman, Informa)
  • George Beveridge (Chief Business Officer, Sellafield Ltd.)
  • Andrew Cornish (CEO, Liverpool John Lennon Airport)
  • John Parkin (CEO, Leeds Bradford International Airport)

Business / Trade Associations

  • Paul Drechsler (President, CBI)
  • Mike Cherry (Director, Federation of Small Businesses)
  • Baroness Jo Valentine (CEO, London First)
  • Sir Gerry Grimstone (Chairman , TheCityUK)
  • Gavin Hayes (Director, Let Britain Fly)
  • Jeffries Briginshaw (CEO, British American Business)
  • David Wells (CEO, Freight Transport Association)
  • Robert Keen (Director General, British International Freight Association)
  • John Whitehead (Director, Food & Drink Exporters Association)
  • Alasdair Reisner (CEO, Civil Engineering Contractors Association)
  • Nelson Ogunshakin (CEO, Association for Consultancy and Engineering)

Leading Brands

  • Paul Kelly (Group Managing Director, Selfridges Group)
  • Adrian Johnson (CEO, EAT)
  • Jonathan Heilbron (President and CEO, Thomas Pink)
  • Jonathan Swaine (Director, Fullers)
  • Tom Meggle (UK Managing Director, Louis Vuitton)
  • Pierre de Maigret (General Manager Central Europe, Christian Dior)
  • Stefano Sutter (Regional Director, Prada)

The full letter text:

Dear Prime Minister,

The independent Airports Commission has made a clear recommendation that Heathrow is the right location for airport expansion. Heathrow’s new expansion plan ensures this can be done sustainably. The Commission’s final recommendation follows nearly three years of extensive consultation, evidence gathering and analysis. Now your Government must support this recommendation to expand Heathrow.

Heathrow puts Britain right at the heart of the global economy and has helped it become one of the world’s great trading nations.

But Heathrow – the UK’s only hub airport – has been operating at capacity for the past decade. This lack of hub capacity is holding back the growth of UK businesses who want to fly directly to emerging markets; trade and transport their goods via air freight; create more jobs and connect to the UK’s regions.

The Commission is clear: further delay will be increasingly costly and will be seen, nationally and internationally, as a sign that the UK is unwilling or unable to take the steps needed to maintain its position as a well-connected open trading economy in the twenty first century.

Now is the time for Government decision and action. Your Government must support UK businesses by implementing the Airports Commission’s recommendation and expand Heathrow.

Regards,

Sir Nigel Rudd, Chairman, Heathrow Airport Limited and signatories

The full list of signatories:

Sir Nigel Rudd, Heathrow Airport Limited, Chairman
Sir Michael Rake, Personal capacity
Sir Gerry Grimstone, TheCityUK, Chairman
Sir John Parker , The Royal Academy of Engineering, Former President
Michael Turner CBE, Babcock International Group, Chairman
John Gildersleeve, British Land, Chairman
Stephen Hubbard, CBRE, Chairman UK
John Devaney, Cobham UK, Chairman
Mike Norris, Computacenter (UK) Ltd, Group Chief Executive
Simon Fraser, Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust Plc, Chairman
Julian Cazalet, Herald Investment Trust plc, Chairman
Derek Mapp, Informa PLC, Chairman
Robin Buchanan, Chairman, Michael Page International (also Bain, Senior Adviser)
Keith Howells, Mott MacDonald Group, Chairman
Michael Harper, Personal capacity
Ken Olisa OBE, Restoration Partners, Chairman
Martin A Scicluna, RSA Insurance Group and Great Portland Estates, Chairman
Nigel Rich, SEGRO, Chairman
Lindsay Page, Ted Baker London, Chief Operating Officer
Ronan Dunne, Telefonica, UK CEO
Bob Mackenzie, The Automobile Association, Executive Chairman
Baroness Jo Valentine, London First, Chief Executive
Paul Drechsler, Confederation of British Industry (CBI), President Designate
Mike Cherry AIMMM FRSA, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Policy Director
David Wells, Freight Transport Association (FTA), Chief Executive
Gavin Hayes, Let Britain Fly, Director
Jeffries Briginshaw, British American Business (BAB), CEO
Robert Keen, British International Freight Association (BIFA), Director General
Toby Gibbs, Amec Foster Wheeler, UK Director – Environmental Assessment
Rob Jenner, Atkins Global, Associate Director
James Drummond, Berendsen PLC, CEO
Rick Murphy, Carillion, Customer Business Director, Transport and Aviation Sector
Connor Hennebry, Deutsche Bank, Managing Director
John Barton, easyJet, Chairman
Carolyn McCall, easyJet, CEO
Adrian Johnson, Eat, CEO
John S Whitehead, Food & Drink Exporters Association, Director
Jonathon Swaine, Fuller’s (Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC), Managing Director, Fuller’s Inns
Ralph Cunningham, Hamleys, Retail & Brand Director
Marc Waters, Hewlett-Packard, VP Enterprise Group, UK and Ireland
Matthew Eastwood, Honeywell Building Solutions, Managing Director, UK and Nordics
Rupert Gather, InvestUK Ltd, Chairman
Alan Sullivan, JCDecaux, Managing Director
Steve Cardew, Kawasaki Precision Machinery Ltd, Managing Director
Ben Murray, Keltic Seafare, Managing Director
Louis Barnett, Louis Barnett Chocolates, Founder
Tom Meggle, Louis Vuitton, Managing Partner, UK and Ireland
Mark Reynolds, Mace Group, Chief Executive
Weng Chi Lee, Malaysia Airlines, Area Manager UK & Ireland
Nick Fletcher, Morgan Sindall, Managing Director, Infrastructure
Mark Buist, Penguins.co.uk, Managing Director
Bill Moore CBE, Portman Estate, Chief Executive
Stefano Sutter, Prada, Regional Director, Northern Europe
Inderneel Singh, Radisson Blu May Fair, Managing Director
Harry Samuel, RBC Capital Markets
Ian Dormer, Rosh Engineering Ltd, Managing Director
Garry Clark, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Head of Public Policy and Public Affairs
Paul Kelly, Selfridges Group, Group Managing Director
George Beveridge, Sellafield Ltd, Chief Business Officer
Russ Shaw, Tech London Advocates, Founder
Robert Anderson, The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd, CEO
Jonathan Heilbron, Thomas Pink, President and CEO
Les O’Gorman, UCB, Director, UK Facilities
Bernard Molloy, Unipart Group, Global Industrial Logistics Director
Mark Dobson, Wilson James, Chief Executive
James Bream, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Research and Policy Director
Charles Brindley, Active Thinking, Customer Experience Designer
Bernardo Gogna, AECOM, Senior Vice President – Director Global Aviation
John Foster, Affini, Sales Director
Mike Agate, Agate Associates, Director
Tara Naidu, Air India, Regional Manager – UK
Phil Wright, Airport Energy, Executive Chairman
Andrew Martin, AJAR-tec, Director
Richard Edwards, Anpario Plc, Executive Vice Chairman
Brett Edwards, Anytime Fitness, General Manager
Kim Challis, APCOA Parking, Regional Managing Director, APCOA UK&I
Bob Kingston, APR (Witney) Ltd, Director
John Yeatman, Archer Technicoat Ltd, Managing Director
Simon Beards, Aruba Networks, UK Territory Manager
Nelson Ogunshakin, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), Chief Executive
Kishore Patel, Audio Ltd, Managing Director
Stephen Fox CBE, BAM Nuttall Ltd, Chief Executive
Barrie Smith, Barrie P Smith Ltd, Proprietor
Harold Paisner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Senior Partner Emeritus
Rob Bould, Bilfinger GVA, Chief Executive
Bill Manville, Bill Manville Associates, Founder
Ray Avery, Bloxham Mill Business Centre, Managing Director
Andreas Wild, Bombardier, Director, BID Management
Les Martin, Bramble Design Ltd, Director
Paul Brady, Bridges Worldwide Plc, General Manager
Mark Brock, Brocksdown Leaded and Stained Glass, Proprietor
Preetham Sharma, Brown and Burk UK Ltd, UK Country Manager
Andrew Ward , Brunel University London, Director of Corporate Relations
Peter Younie, Cameron Peters Fine Lighting Ltd, Founder
Petteri Uljas, Capgemini, CEO, Northern Europe, Infrastructure Services
Carl Murray, Capital Cash Ltd, Managing Director
Stuart McColm, Castle Stuart Golf Links, General Manager
Suhail Rebeiz, Caviar House & Prunier, General Manager UK
Gary Corrigan, CET Infrastructure, Technical Sales Director
Pierre de Maigret, Christian Dior, General Director, UK
Alasdair Reisner, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Chief Executive
Rosalind Thomas, Clearwater Swimming Pools Ltd, Company Secretary
Graham Read, CN Group Ltd, Director
Arjun Ramdas, Cognizant, Head of Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics, UK&I
Brian Thompson, Control Developments (UK) Ltd, Managing Director
David Faull, Copthorne Hotel Slough-Windsor, General Manager
Gary S Kendall, Courier Facilities Ltd (CFL), Managing Director
Stuart Homewood, Courier Network Ltd, Director
David McAfee, Cranes Ltd, Managing Director
Jamie Brutnall, Creative Triangle Limited, Creative Director
Fiona Strens, Crowd Vision Ltd, CEO
David Merriman, CT-UK, Sales Director
Rodney Bridle, Dam Safety Ltd, Director
Richard Bristow, DB Sport and Scale Ltd, Owner and Director
Sam Sohal, Direct Corporate Clothing Plc, Joint Managing Director
Daniel Fell, Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, CEO
Dom Jenkins, Dot Software Ltd, Founder
Leslie Morgan, Durbin, Managing Director
Jon Whitehouse, Dyer & Butler, Operations Director
Jeffrey Smith, Eacotts, Managing Partner
Jamela Khan, Ebsi UK Ltd, Managing Director
Fiona Fletcher, Echo Events, Managing Director
Hans Gauthier, Elegant Destinations, CEO
Rob Lamey FCCA, Elsburys Ltd, Director
MC Patel, Emotion Systems, CEO
Rafiq Chohan, Enbright, CEO
Karen Finegold, Engineering Industries Association (EIA), Executive Director
Ian Dewar, Ergonomic Solutions, Managing Director
David Elliott, Excess Baggage Group, CEO
Mario Mostoles, Ferrovial Agroman, Managing Director UK & Ireland
Jolyon Wilkinson, Filestream Ltd, Sales Director
Bill Martin, First Co., Managing Director
Nigel Foster, Fore Consulting, Director
David Bloxham, GCS Ltd, Managing Director
Simon Pearce, Gentworks Ltd, Managing Director
Hugh Bullock, Gerald Eve, Chairman
David Owen, Gfirst LEP, Chief Executive
Stuart Patrick, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive
Scott Taylor, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Chief Executive
Alastair Kennedy, Global Energy Group, Communications Director
Eddie Gilbert, Green Living Energy, Managing Director
Paul Wait, Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC), CEO
Simon Blockley, Guidant Group Client Solutions, Director, UK & Europe
Andy Dicks, Hare Hatch Sheeplands, Retail Operations Manager
Andy Bellamy, Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Airport, General Manager
Meredith Bevan, Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, General Manager
Stephen Fry, Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, CEO
Edward Humphrey-Evans, Humphrey-Evans Intellectual Property Services Ltd, Principal
Shane Sutton, Independent Wholesale Express Ltd (Indy), Airfreight Product Manager
Philip Villars, Indigo Planning Ltd, Managing Director
James Nason, Instinctif Partners, Partner
Ian C Dewar, IoD West Thames, Chairman
Freda Newton, Jacobite Cruises Ltd, Managing Director
Jane Milton, Food Industry Expert, Self-employed
Paul Lovett, Jointline Ltd, Director
Guy Lachlan, Jones and Cocks Ltd, Owner
Jennifer James, JPL Consulting
Karen Angela Esposito, KCL Cleaning Services Ltd, Director
Tim Gregory, Key Management Systems Ltd, Director
Ken Pankiewicz, KickFit Martial Arts Schools, Chief Instructor
Craig Ewan, Kingsmills Hotel / Kingsclub & Spa, General Manager
Gill Peter, KONE, ‎Infrastructure & Escalator, Director
Ian Higgins, Kuehne and Nagal Limited, Senior Import Clerk
Peter Cox, Launton Settlement Trust, Trustee
Mark Lebus, LC Energy, Managing Director
John Parkin, Leeds Bradford International Airport, Chief Executive
Roger Marsh OBE, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Chairman
Jonathan Longden, Leys Longden and Co, Director
Graham M Earl, Litchford Consulting, Founder
Jenny Stewart, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce CIC, Chief Executive
Andrew Cornish, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, CEO
Neil Tyler, Machining Technology Ltd, Managing Director
Michael J P Miller, Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce, Chairman
Paul Brown, Mail Handling International, CEO
Nikki Burns, Making Your Ideas Happen, Owner
Michael Webber, Manchester Square Partners, Partner
Peter Rose, MAPP, Managing Director
Andrew McNaughton, McNaughton Dynamics Ltd, Managing Director
Richard Jackson, Mercure London Heathrow Hotel, General Manager
Taha Coburn-Kutay, Middlesex Asian Business Association, Chairman
Paul Naldrett, Morpho UK Ltd, Managing Director
Richard Wilks, NEC Display Solutions, EMEA, Airport Business Development Manager
Barrie Hensby, NEL Fund Managers Limited, Chief Executive
Chris Teal, Neptune Oceanographics Ltd, Director
Michele Wietscher, New View Homes, Director
Greg Jones, Newmax Precision Ltd, Director & Company Secretary
James Ramsbotham, North East Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive
Glyn Roberts, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, Chief Executive
Jihed Lejmi, Novotel London Heathrow, General Manager
Paul Donaldson, Nuance, General Manager (UK)
Will Tyler, Octink, Chief Executive
Krishan Perera, Oman Air, Regional Airport Services Manager (Europe & Africa)
Ernie Patterson, Omniserv/ Airserv, Chairman
Neil Robinson, Our Soles, Director
Nichola Hay, Outsource Training and Development, Director
Tracy North, Outwrite.co.uk, Managing Director
Harada Michru, Overseas Courier Service Co. Ltd (Subsidiary of Air Nippon Airways), Managing Director
Richard Hardie, Oxford Kitchens & Bathrooms, Managing Director
Carl Kruger, Oxford Quality Centre, Director
Ronald Morton, Oxford Scientific Products, Director
John Barne, Oxford Timber Audits, Group Manager
Adrian Shooters, Oxfordshire LEP, Chairman
Paul White, Paul Blanco’s Good Car Company, Owner
Simon Priestley, Personal capacity
Peter Fergusson, Peter Fergusson Properties Ltd, Founder
Richard Foley, Pinsent Masons LLP, Senior Partner
Benjamin Biggs, Plantasia, Proprietor
Bob Buskie, Port of Cromarty Firth, Chief Executive
David Maidment, Printer Medic, Printer Technician
Robin Brooks, Process Plant Computing Ltd (PPCL), CEO
Stephen Burns, Pyropress Engineering, General Manager
John Rhodes OBE, Quod, Director
Dennis McCann, Radisson Blu Glasgow, General Manager
Katie Lowe, Reach Contact, Joint Managing Director
Cis Taylor, Rebound Electronics, Company Secretary
Clive Williams, Rectangle Red, Director
Linda Jones, Right Forwarding, Director
Alex Wilson, Rolling Luggage, Managing Director
Robin StJohn Smith, RSJ IT Solutions, Owner
Gurshinder Dosanjh, Salto Systems, Director
Mhairi Callander, Scott-Moncrieff, Partner
Alan Dawson, Sensible Safety Solutions, Director
Andrew Pitt, Service Point Heathrow, Business Manager
Jonathan Bradley, Sharp and Strong Ltd, Director
Thierry Henrot, Sheraton Skyline Hotel London Heathrow, General Manager
Richard Browne, Signs Express, Owner
Killian Whelan, Sim Local, CEO
Kathleen Gell, Simply Let, Director
Bob Jones, Slough Business Community Partnership, Partnership Manager
Simon Black, Smythson, Head of Travel Retail
Richard Jones, Solent LEP, Policy and Communications Manager
Ros Hawley, Sor Business, CEO
Paul Colman, South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chief Executive
Dr Ann Limb CBE DL, South East Midlands LEP, Chair
Andrew Dakers, Spark Work Experience, Director
Doug Squires, Squires Gear and Engineering Limited, Founder
Steve Pepper, Steve Pepper Training Associates, Founder
Kathleen Stubbings, Stubbings Accountancy, Owner
John Sutcliffe, Sutcliffe, Managing Director
Barry Dennington, Swindon and Wiltshire LEP, Chairman
Lawrence Sword, Sword Services, Owner
Amit Singh, Tata Consultancy Services, Client Partner
Steve Reynolds, TBS Enterprise Mobility, Managing Director
Tim Smith MBE, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Ltd, Chief Executive
Paul Britton, Thames Valley Chamber, Head of Inward Investment & Reinvestment
Ron Williams, Thatcham & Newbury Maintenance Services, Proprietor
Tracey Walsh, The Baby Studio Ltd, Co-FounderKay Buxton, The Paddington Partnership, Chief Executive
Maggie Rogers, The Travelwallet, Managing Director
Stephen Wright, Thorite, Managing Director
Tim Husbands, Titanic Belfast, Chief Executive
Adrian Soper, Touchstone Electronics, Director
David Ross, Tradebridge Limited, Managing Director
Paul Brindley, Travelex, Global Business Development Director
Andrew Cotton, Trinity Fire and Security Systems, Managing Director
Vincent Clancy, Turner & Townsend, Chief Executive
Murray Rowden, Turner and Townsend Infrastructure, Global MD Infrastructure
Stephen Waldron, Tyco Integrated Fire and Security, Operations Director
Matthew Battle, UK Property Forums, Managing Director
Rachel Hunt, Unicol, Marketing Director
Ravi Soni, United Business Xpress (UBX), Director
Sir David Bell, University of Reading, Vice-Chancellor
Ash Mistry, University of West London, Course Leader, Airline and Airport Management
Lorraine Collins, Uxbridge College, Executive Director, Enterprise and Development
Nick Porter, Vanderlande Industries UK Ltd, General Manager
Gintas Vilkelis, Vilkelis & Associates, Director
Milan Shah, Virani Food Products Limited, Owner
Sandra Doherty, Visit Harrogate, Chair
Ruth Wallace, Wallace School of Transport, Founder
Mark Goldstone, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Head of Business Representation and Policy
Colin Brew, West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director
Frank Wingate, West London Business, Chief Executive
Mr Wharton, Wharton Electronics Ltd, Owner
Amanda Magagnin, Wilkins Kennedy LLP, Partner
Stephen Gibson, Wilsham Consulting Ltd, Director
Stephen Scott, Wilson and Scott, Managing Director
Paul Winter, Wire Belt Company Limited, UK Managing Director
Phil Walker, WTT Results Ltd, Director

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We’re celebrating the launch of Harper Lee’s exciting new novel Go Set a Watchman, available at WHSmith’s across Heathrow, by giving away 5 copies through a retweet competition from our @HeathrowAirport account. Full Terms and Conditions for the competition are below.

The Promoter is Heathrow Airport Limited of The Compass Centre, 1st Floor, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2GW.

A. Restrictions and requirements

  1. By entering this competition, the entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  2. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Residents from such countries must not submit entries and any such entries that are submitted will not be accepted. Entrants from jurisdictions where the draw is not permitted will not be entitled to claim any prize.
  3. Proof of address may be required at any stage of the competition.
  4. This competition is not open to employees Heathrow, or any person directly or indirectly connected with this competition or family members of any of these persons.
  5. Open to all EU residents.

B. Start date

  1. This competition will be open from 10:00 (GMT) on the 17th of July 2015

C. Closing date

  1. This closing date for this competition will be the 19th of July 2015 at 11:59pm (GMT), and any submissions received after this date will not be valid.

D. How to participate

  1. To be eligible for the competition the entrant must retweet the designated competition post on Heathrow’s official Twitter account (@heathrowairport) including the hashtag #GSAWlhr .
  2. Entries that do not contain the necessary components will be disqualified.
  3. There is no limit on the amount of entries an entrant may submit.

E. Selection of the winner

  1. The winners will be randomly selected on the 20th of July 2015.
  2. The winners will be announced within 48 hours of the competition closing 23.59 (BST) on the 19th of July 2015.
  3. If the prize is unclaimed by the initial winner(s) within 7 days, an alternate winner will be selected.
  4. Heathrow may, in its sole discretion, select an alternative winner if, the originally selected winner’s Twitter account contains any content that in the opinion of Heathrow is offensive or may be liable to damage Heathrow’s reputation.
  5. Heathrow’s announcement regarding the result of the winner is final and there will be no further correspondence with unsuccessful entrants.

F. Prize

  1. There will be five (5) separate prizes of one (1) hardcover copy of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ to be given to five (5) individual winners.
  2. The prize is non-transferrable and non-exchangeable. No cash alternative is available.
  3. Proof of ID maybe required for the winner.

G. Personal Data

  1. Any personal data provided by an entrant are provided voluntarily and will remain confidential to Heathrow Airport Limited and its subsidiaries and holding companies, collectively referred to as (“Heathrow“), will not be disclosed to any third party without the entrant’s prior consent and will be processed in accordance with Heathrow’s privacy policy (which you can find at http://www.heathrowairport.com/help/privacy-notice) and the applicable laws, except that Heathrow reserves the right to use the information for the purposes of facilitating the competition including but not limited to publishing the name of the winner on its website & social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram) to which you consent by your entry and ticking the respective box, as well as providing the prize.

H. General

  1. Heathrow reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition (including altering prizes) if, in Heathrow’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 Twitter.  Entrants acknowledge and understand that they are providing their information to Heathrow.
  2. By entering, all entrants agree to release Twitter from all liability whatsoever in connection with this competition.
  3. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
  4. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by an entrant will void their entry. Misrepresentative or fraudulent entries will invalidate an entry.

 

For almost 70 years Heathrow has been an integral part of the UK and it’s history. From a private airfield, to a world-class hub today, a lot has changed in that time so we’ve taken a look back at the history of Heathrow. Enjoy!

The early years…

In 1930, British aero engineer and aircraft builder Richard Fairey paid the Vicar of Harmondsworth £15,000 for a 150-acre plot to build a private airport to assemble and test aircraft. Complete with a single grass runway and a handful of hastily erected buildings, Fairey’s Great West Aerodrome was the humble precursor to the world’s busiest international airport, Heathrow.

During World War II the government requisitioned land in and around the ancient agricultural village of Heath Row, including Fairey’s Great West Aerodrome, to build RAF Heston, a base for long-range troop-carrying aircraft bound for the Far East. An RAF-type control tower was constructed and a ‘Star of David’ pattern of runways laid, the longest of which was 3,000 yards long and 100 yards wide.

London Airport officially opened

Work demolishing Heath Row and clearing land for the runways started in 1944. However, by the time the war had ended the RAF no longer needed another aerodrome and it was officially handed over to the Air Ministry as London’s new civil airport on 1 January 1946. The first aircraft to take off from Heathrow was a converted Lancaster bomber called Starlight that flew to Buenos Aires.

The early passenger terminals were ex‑military marquees which formed a tented village along the Bath Road. The terminals were primitive but comfortable, equipped with floral-patterned armchairs, settees and small tables containing vases of fresh flowers.

To reach aircraft parked on the apron, passengers walked over wooden duckboards to protect their footwear from the muddy airfield. There was no heating in the marquees, which meant that during winter it could be bitterly cold, but in summer when the sun shone, the marquee walls were removed to allow a cool breeze to blow through.

By the close of Heathrow’s first operational year, 63,000 passengers had travelled through London’s new airport. By 1951 this had risen to 796,000 and British architect Frederick Gibberd was appointed to design permanent buildings for the airport. His plan saw the creation of a central area which was accessed via a ‘vehicular subway’ running underneath the original main runway. The focal point of Gibberd’s plan was a 122ft-high control tower.

Her Majesty the Queen in front of the Queen’s Building circa 1970’s. Source: Heathrow Airport

In 1955, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened the Europa Building, also known as the original T2, and an office block called the Queen’s building.

There was also a passenger terminal called the Europa Building and an office block called the Queens Building.

The 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s

Heathrow Airport, aerial view of central terminal buildings, 1960s. Image ref XHHE00055, orphan works

By 1961 the old terminal on the north side had closed and airlines either operated from the Europa terminal (later renamed Terminal 2) or the Oceanic terminal (now Terminal 3).

Terminal 1 opened in 1969, by which time five million passengers a year were passing through the airport as the jet age arrived with Boeing 707s, VC10s and Tridents taking travellers from Heathrow to and from all parts of the world.

The 1970s marked the decade when the world became even smaller thanks to Concorde and wide-body jets such as the Boeing 747. As the decade drew to a close, 27 million passengers were using Heathrow annually. Demand for air travel also created the need for another terminal, Terminal 4, which opened for business in 1986.

The 2000’s onward: Welcome T5, goodbye to Concorde, hello to Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal

The iconic Concorde was retired from duty at Heathrow on October 24, 2003 – ending three decades of supersonic flight between the UK and the USA.

By the time Heathrow celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006 it had handled around 1.4 billion passengers on over 14 million flights.

The start of operations at Terminal 5 in March 2008 marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Heathrow. Further developments include the construction of Terminal 2A to replace Terminals 1 and 2 and the redevelopment of Terminals 3 and 4.

In 2014, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened Heathrow’s new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal on June 23 – over 50 years after she opened the previous Terminal 2. The new terminal cost £2.5bn and took four years to complete.

John Holland-Kaye with The Queen and Sir Nigel Rudd shortly after lighting up the plaque to commemorate the new T2 opening.

Today, Heathrow is the world’s second busiest international airport and one of the top hubs of the civil aviation world. Over 73.4 million passengers travel through the airport annually on services offered by 90 airlines travelling to over 180 destinations in over 90 countries.

Key milestones:

  • 1944: Construction of London Airport’s runways begins.
  • 1946: London Airport officially opens.
  • 1955: Her Majesty The Queen opens the Central Terminal Area and Control Tower.
  • 1957: The first non-stop flight to California sets a new record for distance and time.
  • 1964: The Beatles are mobbed at London Airport.
  • 1966: The British Airports Authority is created. London Airport is renamed ‘Heathrow’.
  • 1969: Terminal 1 is opened and existing buildings renamed Terminals 2 and 3.
  • 1976: Concorde makes its first passenger flight.
  • 1977: The London Underground link is opened.
  • 1986: His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Princess Diana inaugurate Terminal 4.
  • 1987: The British Airports Authority is privatised as BAA plc.
  • 1997: The Terminal 5 public planning inquiry ends – the longest in UK history.
  • 1998: The Heathrow Express rail service is launched.
  • 2003: Three Concordes make their final touchdown at Heathrow.
  • 2006: The Airbus A380 makes its first UK landing into a newly built Pier 6 at Terminal 3.
  • 2007: A new air traffic control tower is operational – the tallest in the UK.
  • 2008: Terminal 5 is officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in March; The first commercial A380 flight arrives at Heathrow.
  • 2009: Terminal 4 underwent a major refurbishment to improve facilities.
  • 2010: Demolition work started on Terminal 2 to make way for its £1 billion replacement.
  • 2014: The brand new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal opened for business on 4 June. The first airline to move in was United Airlines. The terminal was offficially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 23 June (see the day in pictures, here)
  • 2015: Terminal 1 is closed after 47 years.
  • 2015: On July 1, the UK Airports Commission recommends Heathrow expansion after a 2.5 year process.

Want to see more old Heathrow photos? Steve Killick started at Heathrow in 1976 and has shared some of his retro photos from the years with us, here.

A record 6.68 million passengers (+1.1% on June 2014) travelled through Heathrow on 40,626 flights in June 2015, making it the busiest June on record both for passengers and aircraft movements – strengthening Heathrow’s expansion case.

Larger, quieter aircraft continued to be a driver for passenger growth at Heathrow. Seats per aircraft increased 2.2% to 208 while passengers per aircraft rose 0.4% to 165.1.

Within emerging markets, passenger volumes were particularly strong to Mexico which was up 23.6%, China up 15.2% and Turkey up 3.4%.

Cargo volumes at Heathrow the UK’s biggest port by value recorded growth of 4.3% over the past 12 months, including increases of 44% to Mexico, 24.4% to Turkey, 19.7% to Brazil, 11.5% to India, 6.9% to North America and 2.8% to China.

Runway recommendation closes debate

The Airports Commission’s clear recommendation on 1 July for an expanded Heathrow, closed the debate on where a new runway should be built.

The Commission found that Heathrow’s new plan for expansion can be delivered while reducing local and environmental impacts and that expansion at Heathrow is the only solution which can help British businesses compete for global growth, and support a truly national recovery built on exports, skills and investment.

“On the first of July, the Airports Commission ended the debate on where a new runway should be built by unanimously recommending Heathrow’s new expansion plan. It’s now a binary choice for the British Government. We either expand Heathrow – creating jobs, growth, a rebalanced economy and lucrative export routes – or we do nothing and retreat as a nation. The answer is obvious, so let’s get on with it.” – Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye

New analysis in the Airports Commission’s final report finds that expansion at Heathrow delivers the greatest competition benefits for passengers. The Commission found that expanding Heathrow would produce more competition in the long-haul market.

This would have the greatest and quickest positive impact for passengers because the short-haul market in the UK is already very competitive. Additional capacity at Heathrow would also allow low-cost carriers to build more substantial networks as a large number of new slots become available for the first time in several decades, further driving competition at the UK’s hub[1]

Recent news:

WATCH: Heathrow CEO respond to the Airports Commission recommendation for Heathrow expansion.

WATCH: Heathrow CEO respond to the Airports Commission recommendation for Heathrow expansion.

See how your rail journey time to Heathrow is set to dramatically improve with our new interactive map.

See how your rail journey time to Heathrow is set to dramatically improve with our new interactive map.

Notes:
[1] Strategic Fit Assessment, Airports Commission: Final Report (July 2015)

Today (9th July, 2015), we’ve launched a competition for Twitter users to win a Pimm’s Hamper. Full Terms and Conditions are below.

The Promoter is Heathrow Airport Limited of The Compass Centre, 1st Floor, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2GW.A.  Restrictions and requirements

  1. By entering this competition, the entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  2. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Residents from such countries must not submit entries and any such entries that are submitted will not be accepted. Entrants from jurisdictions where the draw is not permitted will not be entitled to claim any prize.
  3. Proof of address may be required at any stage of the competition.
  4. This competition is not open to employees Heathrow, or any person directly or indirectly connected with this competition or family members of any of these persons.
  5. Open to UK residents aged 18 or older holding a valid government-issued  ID (Passport, Driving Licence, or Military ID). Those under 18 may not enter the competition.
  6. The winner may be required to take part in publicity resulting from this campaign

B.  Start date

  1. This competition will be open from 10:00am (GMT) on the 9th of July 2015.

C. Closing date

  1. The closing date for this competition will be the 16th of July 2015 at 11:59pm (GMT), and any submissions received after this date will not be valid.

D.  How to participate 

  1. To be eligible for the competition the entrant must retweet the designated competition post on Heathrow’s official Twitter account (@heathrowairport) including the hashtag #CrazyCroquet.
  2. Entries that do not contain the necessary components will be disqualified.
  3. There is no limit on the amount of entries an entrant may submit.

E.  Selection of the winner

  1. The winner will be randomly selected on the 17th of July 2015.
  2. The winner will be announced within 48 hours of the competition closing 23.59 (BST) on the 16th of July 2015.
  3. If the prize is unclaimed by the initial winner(s) within 7 days, an alternate winner will be selected.
  4. Heathrow may, in its sole discretion, select an alternative winner if, the originally selected winner’s Twitter account contains any content that in the opinion of Heathrow is offensive or may be liable to damage Heathrow’s reputation.
  5. Heathrow’s announcement regarding the result of the winner is final and there will be no further correspondence with unsuccessful entrants.

F.  Prize

  1. There will be one (1) prize of a Pimms hamper, provided courtesy of World Duty Free.
  2. As this prize contains alcohol, the winner must be able to demonstrate they are of legal drinking age (i.e. over 18 at the time of entering the competition) and must be present to provide proof of age upon delivery of the prize.
  3. The prize is non-transferrable and non-exchangeable. No cash alternative is available.
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  1. Heathrow reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition (including altering prizes) if, in Heathrow’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 Twitter.  Entrants acknowledge and understand that they are providing their information to Heathrow.
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Heathrow has today (6th July 2015) published a five point plan to improve the public transport network around the airport.

Heathrow is the UK’s best-connected transport hub. It has the UK’s only dedicated non-stop express airport rail-link, free travel zone, it contains the UK’s busiest bus and coach station, and it’s the only airport with London Underground stations.

Over the last 25 years, passenger numbers have risen by almost 80% but airport related road traffic has remained broadly static. The number of passengers using public transport every year has nearly doubled from 10 million to 19 million and as such Heathrow has committed to going further to improve public transport in order to get more passengers and the 76,000 airport staff using these services over the next eighteen months and beyond.

The plan includes:

1. Make public transport easier and more attractive for passengers

This includes things like better onward travel, new coach routes and making the Heathrow Express more attractive by making it easier to pay for tickets and inviting children to travel for free.

2. Ensure major rail projects are prioritised and delivered

Heathrow has committed to continued support of Network Rail to deliver Western Rail Link to Heathrow which would enable 1 million passengers in the Reading and Slough area a quick, reliable and car-free connection to Heathrow.

3. Welcome more public transport services

Many people need to access the airport at night including airport staff arriving for early shifts and passengers for the first flights out in the mornings. Heathrow will work with Transport for London to introduce a 24-hour tube and bus service between West London and the airport.

4. Make it easier for airport employees to choose public transport

Make is easier for the 76,000 Heathrow employees to get to and from work, educating them on available transport options such as car-sharing, public transport discounts and encouraging employees to cycle to and from work.

5. Help local authorities deliver their local transport priorities

Over the past ten years, Heathrow has spent over £25 million on projects to increase public transport use and reduce car dependency. Heathrow will work with local authorities to deliver and make available £1 million to help them unlock potential schemes to reduce emissions. The work with local authorities will also include working on a new plan to make sure that minicabs limit their impact on the local community.

“Heathrow is already the UK’s best connected transport hub. We have the UK’s biggest bus and coach station, the Piccadilly line and Heathrow Express.Over 40% of passengers come to the airport by public transport today.With this plan we can take more cars off the road and make it easier for people to access the UK’s only Hub airport.” John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow Airport

Download the full blueprint, here (PDF – 2mb).

Latest news: Heathrow launches new interactive rail journey times map – see how your rail journey time will dramatically improve here.

See how your rail journey time to Heathrow is set to dramatically improve with our new interactive map.

See how your rail journey time to Heathrow is set to dramatically improve with our new interactive map.

 

Find out more:

ITV’s Britain’s Busiest Airport – Heathrow 3-part documentary aired on June 4, 11, and 18 of 2015. To celebrate the series we set-up a separate site area filled with extra content including profiles, retro pics and more! Visit the area here: http://your.heathrow.com/britainsbusiestairport .

 

Business groups across Britain have lined up to support Heathrow expansion, on the day that the Airports Commission concluded that Heathrow is “the best answer to expand [Britain’s] runway capacity”.

  • IOD, CBI, FSB, EEF and BCC amongst supporters lining up to call on government to act on the Airports Commission’s clear and positive recommendation for Heathrow expansion
  • Over 80 percent of the total 72,000 responses received by the Commission were from pro-Heathrow supporters
  • Sir Howard Davies warns the government not to put the UK’s world-leading connectivity at risk by failing to expand Heathrow

Business groups across Britain have lined up to support Heathrow expansion, on the day that the Airports Commission concluded that Heathrow is “the best answer to expand [Britain’s] runway capacity”.

Groups representing businesses large and small across the country including the FSB, IoD, BCC and CBI have united in calling for government to act on the Commission’s positive recommendation. Documents published alongside the recommendation show the overwhelming support for Heathrow received by the Commission – over 80% of all responses received by them were from Heathrow supporters.

Building on the Commission’s conclusion that “in a complex and competitive global environment, it would be short-sighted and perilous to place the UK’s world-leading connectivity at risk by failing to address these constraints” business groups have said:

John Cridland, CBI Director-General said:“Now that Sir Howard’s Commission has made its recommendation, the Government must commit to the decision now, and get diggers in the ground at Heathrow swiftly by 2020.

“Growing airport capacity in the South East is absolutely critical to the whole of the UK’s economic future – it simply isn’t an optional “nice to do”. Each day the Government delays taking the decision, the UK loses out as our competitors reap the rewards and strengthen their trade links.

“Creating new routes to emerging markets will open doors to trade, boosting growth, creating jobs and driving investment right across the country. Our research shows that eight new daily routes alone could boost exports by up to £1 billion a year.

“The UK’s economic future cannot be kept waiting on the tarmac any longer. By taking the decision now, the Government can send the message, loud and clear, that Britain is open for business.”

John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“After three years of deliberation, businesses across the UK will be pleased that the Airports Commission has finally come to a clear recommendation.

“Now that all the evidence is on the table, firms in every corner of the UK want to see an irreversible government commitment to a new runway at Heathrow by the end of 2015, with planning complete and diggers on the ground by the end of this parliament in 2020.

“The ball is now firmly in the government’s court. If ministers duck this decision, and delay airport expansion for yet another generation, British businesses and our overall competitiveness will pay the price.

“Business long ago ran out of patience. The Government cannot afford to delay airport expansion any further if it is serious about Britain punching above its weight on the global stage. That means delivering a new runway at Heathrow now, and leaving the door open to subsequent expansion at Gatwick, Stansted and key regional airports as well.”

Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute Of Directors, said:

“The IoD warmly welcomes the Airports Commission’s recommendation to expand Heathrow. There is a clear business case for a new runway, with only 3% of our members believing that our current airport infrastructure is sufficient to ensure the UK’s long-term economic growth.

Access to markets overseas is absolutely vital for firms to trade, with 75% of our members, many of whom run small or medium-sized companies, having flown for business in the last year. 40% of members expect to fly ‘much more’ for business in the future, and particularly need the links to emerging economies which expanding Heathrow would create.

“This is the issue that has been kicked down the road time and again, but there can now be no further delay from politicians. Sir Howard has left the government with no excuse to put off this vital decision again, and if ministers do not proceed with all possible speed it will send a clear signal that the UK is not interested in being a modern, outward-looking, trading nation.

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Federation of Small Business (FSB) Chairman, John Allan said:

“After much consultation and analysis the Airports Commission has recommended expansion at Heathrow as the best option for the UK. With the decision in, there must not be any further excuses or delays. To do so is to put the long-term economic health of the UK at risk. All the options under consideration had their advantages, but it’s clear that the business and wider economic case for Heathrow proved decisive. The tremendous benefits in terms of growth and jobs are clear.

“We are pleased the report has taken into account the growth impact on the rest of the country, making a number of helpful suggestions to ensure benefits of airport expansion are felt in regions beyond London and the South East. Davies has also suggested a number of safeguards that should minimise the environmental impact of expansion on the local area. Although this option could present greater political challenges, Ministers must not use this as an excuse for inaction.

“What this process has made clear is that we cannot continue to delay the big decisions on national infrastructure which simply holds back the ambitions of the country. New roads, broadband infrastructure, and improved regional and national transport links are vital to our future economic growth and wellbeing. A longer term transport strategy, which takes all modes of transport into account, is required to deliver this.”

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“With half a century of indecision on airports expansion behind us, it’s time for the government to implement the Commission’s recommendation and get on with a new runway at Heathrow. Anything else is now inexcusable.

“After three years of investigation, the Commission has unambiguously concluded that expanding Heathrow will boost the UK economy and reinforce London as a global hub for business.

“Yes, Sir Howard’s report shows there are obstacles – particularly noise and environmental – but he has also demonstrated that these can and should be overcome.

“The report gives the Government an up-to-date, comprehensive, and independent analysis of our runway needs.”

Chris Fletcher, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Director said:

“The Chamber welcomes the findings of the Airport Commission and the news that a recommendation for a third runway at Heathrow has been made.

It is important that government now moves quickly to make a final decision on this for the economic benefit of the UK. This whole issue has been delayed for far too long and ducking decisions in the past has meant we are in the position we find ourselves today.

Coming on the back of recent announcements about huge investment at Manchester Airport and increasingly positive noises about HS2 it is crucial that this now begins to form part of a truly joined up national infrastructure and transport strategy.”

North East Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham has said:

“Today’s Davies Report has given the right recommendation. While we want as many direct flights coming in and out of North East airports as possible, an expanded national hub is an essential requirement.

“The economic benefits of a third runway at Heathrow Airport are way in advance of any other options. Many of these benefits are set to be of advantage to regions outside the South East, ourselves included.

“The Commission has done what the Government has asked of it in that their recommendation represents the needs of the United Kingdom as a whole. The onus is now on our politicians to make a final decision and implement this without delay.”

Stephen Fry, Hounslow Chamber CEO said:

“We are delighted that the Commission has realised the weight of the economic and business arguments in favour of expansion at Heathrow and supported the thousands of businesses and people working in the Heathrow Economy, it has given them confidence to grow their firms based on the continued growth of the UK Hub Airport.”

“My only concern is that the Commission’s findings and recommendations will be ignored. The main political parties promised to back Sir Howard Davies recommendations and they must now do so and honour their pledge.”

“It has taken a lot of work and courage to get this far from ordinary people who run ordinary small local businesses. They must not be let down and abandoned”

Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet said:

easyJet supports the Airports Commission’s clear and unanimous recommendation and agrees that expansion at Heathrow will provide the greatest passenger and economic benefits, including lower fares by opening up the airport to increased competition. Expansion at Heathrow will bring significant benefits to all parts of the UK and is in the best interests of all passengers – both business and leisure, long and short haul.

“Expansion at Heathrow must be delivered sustainably. Local noise and environmental impacts need to be addressed and easyJet supports the Commission’s recommendations on these issues.

“We now urge the Government to quickly proceed with the Commission’s recommendation and start the work to increase the aviation capacity for the UK.”

John Parkin Leeds Bradford Airports Chief Executive commented:

Leeds Bradford Airport welcomes the recommendation of the Davies Commission to build a third runway at Heathrow.

Heathrow’s growth and an increase in LBA services to London’s hub airport will boost Yorkshires economy by increasing its export potential, deliver jobs, drive inward investment to the region and attract more overseas visitors to visit our wonderful cities and countryside.”

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive, Colin Stanbridge said:“We welcome the final report of the Airports Commission and its clear decision on Heathrow. The time for talk is now over. We urge Government not to kick this report into the long grass but give clear political leadership and move swiftly on expanding Heathrow.

“However Ministers should also be considering how to future-proof the UK economy. The Airports Commission has said that a new runway will provide the capacity the UK needs until 2040. Gatwick is a strategic economic asset to the UK and its post 2040 potential should be consideration in governmental long term thinking.

“We must not lose sight of the fact that the UK faces an immediate challenge – with a new runway not operational until the mid-2020s, Ministers now need to enact short-term measures to boost capacity within the next decade.

Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:

“Heathrow is a global freight hub and the clear preference for manufacturers with a business need for aviation expansion. Today’s recommendation that Heathrow should be allowed to expand is the right one for industry and the country.”

“We now have a recommendation that has already taken a Parliament to make and the Government now needs to get on with the job of implementing it. The aim must be for planning permission to be granted before the end of this Parliament.”

A spokesperson for Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented:

“Liverpool John Lennon Airport welcomes this news and now urges the Government to give the go ahead of this important expansion of Heathrow so that regional airports such as Liverpool can soon benefit too by the opening up of access to the UK’s hub airport for improved worldwide connectivity”.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said:

“We have had great faith in the process undertaken by Sir Howard Davies and his colleagues on the Airports Commission.

“We are very pleased that the Commission has made what we consider to be the right recommendation. Heathrow is the UK’s only hub airport, and is one of the most important hubs in the world, but it is full.

“The North East currently enjoys good connectivity into Heathrow with up to seven British Airways services a day, delivering 500,000 passengers from the North East. By constructing a third runway, and providing additional capacity, these services can be safeguarded, but can in the future also connect to a much wider range of global destinations.

“We urge the Government to agree to the recommendations of this Commission at the earliest opportunity, and set about the process of delivering this globally important scheme.

“There will be local political opposition to the third runway, but this must be overcome, as the building of the runway will be in the national interest.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, and Lead for the LA7 Shareholders, said:

“The future success of the North East economy is dependent upon our region having good connectivity.

“In recent years we have secured services to key global hubs, including Dubai and New York, to compliment the likes of Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels.

“In terms of passenger numbers, however, Heathrow remains our largest hub connection. I welcome the fact that in recommending the expansion of Heathrow, the Airports Commission has recognised it’s importance to regions such as the North East.

“The Local Authorities will now work with the team at the airport, and other regional stakeholders to encourage the Government to back this recommendation and move ahead with the new runway.”

Chair of the North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership, Paul Woolston, added:

“The Strategic Economic Plan for the North East is aimed at delivering more and better jobs.

“This can only be achieved and is supported by better transport networks, connecting the North East to that national and international economy.

“The expansion of Heathrow would help safeguard both our national and international connections, ensuring north eastern businesses are able to continue to benefit from the connections currently available. Moreover, businesses would eventually be able to exploit the opportunity provided by an expanded range of routes to growth markets that the new runway would open up.

“We are keen to see the government now commit to the delivery of a third runway at Heathrow, with connectivity for regions like the North East at the heart of this decision.”

David Sleath, Chief Executive of SEGRO, said:

“SEGRO welcomes this decision. We have long argued that for Britain to succeed in the global economy, we need new hub capacity and that means building a third runway at Heathrow.

“The Airports Commission has come to the right decision, which will help UK businesses to expand into key emerging markets in Asia and South America. We have been falling behind our international competitors for too long, as new direct routes to these emerging markets have continued to grow from other European and Middle Eastern competitor hubs.”

Government need to bring an end to indecision and back Sir Howard’s recommendation and let Heathrow get on with building the new runway as quickly as possible.”

TheCityUK Chief Executive, Chris Cummings said,

“TheCityUK believes that the UK’s place as a global financial centre, its ability to compete in international markets and its export-led recovery could be stifled without additional airport capacity.

“TheCityUK supported the creation of the Airports Commission and its work assessing the UK’s future aviation capacity, including the options for a new runway in the south east of England. There were strong arguments, both economic and social, for the final options but we have reached the point where the Airports Commission’s recommendations should be implemented immediately.

“Expanding airport capacity is necessary to secure the economic recovery, to create valuable jobs and sustain our international competitiveness. The country simply cannot afford any further delays.”

Wilson James’ CEO, Mark Dobson said:

“Wilson James supports the Commission’s recommendation to expand Heathrow. This is now a test for the government to implement the recommendation and show the UK is open for business.”

Glasgow Airport’s Managing Director, Amanda McMillan said:“Glasgow Airport will actively seek to secure direct links with hub airports throughout Europe and beyond. However, Scotland’s population is of a size which means it can only ever sustain a certain number of direct flights. It is for this reason we support the expansion of Heathrow, however, an expanded Heathrow must deliver further access for Glasgow and Scotland.

We would call on the UK Government to act swiftly and implement the findings of the Airports Commission.”

Unite London regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said:

“The Government needs to move swiftly and take forward the Airports Commission’s recommendations.

“The livelihoods of over 100,000 people working at Heathrow and those of tens of thousands in associated industries would be secured under this plan which cements Heathrow’s status as a world leader. This option, with the safeguards provided, delivers the biggest boost to the economy and will create over 70,000 jobs.“

Any further delay and uncertainty risks Heathrow losing out to rival airports across the globe, which is why the government now needs to show leadership and give the green light to Heathrow’s expansion.”

Councillor Rob Anderson, leader of Slough Borough Council, said:

“We are delighted with the Davies Commission’s decision, which we believe secures the long-term prosperity of Slough.

“We are also pleased with endorsement of the north-west runway option, which we believe will have less impact on residents, homes and the environment in the east of the borough.

“We will be building on our strong partnership with Heathrow to secure benefits for the people of the borough and ensure mitigation for residents and businesses affected by the expansion.”

A spokesperson for the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce said:

We welcome the Airports Commission recommendation of a third runway at Heathrow and call for government to make its decision as soon as possible.

The decision about airport expansion is about more than passengers. Heathrow is Britain’s most important freight port. It carries one-quarter of all UK exports – twice the amount of the UK’s two largest shipping container ports combined. Yet Heathrow’s cargo capacity on routes to the Asia Pacific is already exhausted – running at 97% capacity. If we want to double British exports we need to expand Heathrow.

Only Heathrow will connect to every part of Britain: every part of the UK needs access to global markets. An expanded Heathrow will have new rail links making it easier for every part of Britain to access global markets. Every part of Britain will be a more attractive location for inward investment. Heathrow will be an airport for the whole country, not just for London and the South-East.

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Published 1st July 2015