The UK faces a choice on airport capacity. Heathrow is the best placed option for the economy, jobs, business, exports and passengers.

The Airports Commission has been tasked with recommending the best way forward for UK airport capacity. Heathrow is the only answer as it is the UK’s only hub, which allows it to provide benefits to the UK no other airport can.

Why the UK needs a hub airport with more capacity

Heathrow, the UK’s hub, is at capacity today and is losing routes to other European hubs. As a hub, Heathrow serves long-haul business destinations by pooling demand from across Europe. Gatwick by contrast operate a point-to-point model that serves mainly short-haul and leisure destinations.

The capacity debate is not about Heathrow versus Gatwick, but about who is best placed to help Britain win in a competitive race against France, Germany, Holland, Turkey and the Gulf States. Only Heathrow can connect the UK to long-haul growth markets by utilising transfer passengers to make more routes financially viable for airlines.

The uniqueness of hubs is shown by the spare capacity elsewhere in the London system. There is spare capacity at point-to-point airports in London including Gatwick (22%), Stansted (45%) and Luton (20%).

Why Heathrow is best placed to deliver jobs, more exports and business

The centre of economic gravity is to the west of London. 120 of the UK’s top 300 company HQs are within a 15 mile radius of Heathrow, compared to just 16 within 15 miles of Gatwick.

The Thames Valley has 60% more international businesses than the national UK average, 100% more US businesses and 260% more Japanese businesses. More businesses are located closer to Heathrow as they recognise the greater long-haul connections and surface access it has – making it easier for them to do business around the globe.

Did you know Heathrow is the only UK airport to fly to all of the BRIC nations – Brazil, Russia, India & China?

Heathrow will help more UK businesses go global with a third runway as it already carries more freight exports and imports than every other UK airport combined, and cargo facilities will be doubled as part of our plans.

Why Heathrow is the deliverable option

Heathrow is the most deliverable solution to the UK’s airport capacity issue – because it builds on one of the UK’s strongest national assets. Over the last decade, £11bn has been spent on making Heathrow world-class, with the award-winning Terminal 5 and Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal constructed in that time.

We have a track record of providing world-class airport facilities meaning we are best placed to deliver the hub capacity the UK needs. There is strong public and political support for a third runway as recent polling shows.

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Heathrow already has greater road and rail connections than its competitors, as well as more long-haul connections to emerging economies like China. When all these factors are combined with our strong financial business case – Heathrow is the only deliverable answer to the hub capacity issue.

Expansion at Heathrow will cost £15.6bn and be privately financed. It’s estimated a surface access work around the airport will require a government contribution of only £1.2bn.

Over the last decade, £11bn has been spent on making Heathrow world-class, with the award-winning Terminal 5, and Terminal 2, constructed in that time.

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Over the last decade, £11bn has been spent on making Heathrow world-class, with the award-winning Terminal 5, and Terminal 2, constructed in that time.