“It’s time for Heathrow” – New airport expansion video fly through released

Heathrow has today released a new CGI fly through video of its expansion plans including footage inside a new state-of the art central terminal area. The £16bn private investment project is estimated to create up to £211bn in economic benefits and up to 180,000 jobs across the UK.

Heathrow’s expansion plans explained…

The new fly through – “It’s time for Heathrow” – shows how a new runway is just part of Heathrow’s plans to transform the UK’s hub airport and build on its world-class facilities.

In the central terminal area, Terminal 2 will be expanded to form “Heathrow East” while Terminal 3 will make way for new hotel, passenger and business facilities as well.


“Heathrow West” will be created by combining Terminal 5 with a new Terminal 6 west. A series of satellite terminals are planned between East and West to create an efficient “toast rack” formation. This will make aircraft movements around the airport easier and provide more operational resilience.

For passengers, a planned underground track transit system connecting the terminals should drop connection times to as little as 45 minutes.

To the north-west, the new runway will help increase Heathrow’s capacity to 740,000 flight movements – enough to compete with Paris Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Madrid.


The video has been released at the same time that Heathrow has announced strong 2016 half yearly results including 35.7 million passengers, revenue up 1% to £1,320 million, and adjusted EBITDA up 4.4% to £781 million (See the full results, here).

 Key elements of our plan:

  • A new runway 3,500 metres long. This is long enough for even the largest aircraft (A380s) to operate on;
  • Capacity for up to 740,000 flight movements – enough to compete with Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Madrid;
  • The creation of two main terminals – Heathrow East and Heathrow West, with a “toast-rack” formation of satellite terminals;
  • Reduced connection times between Heathrow terminals via a new track transit system;
  • At least 200,000 fewer people affected by significant noise thanks to a variety of mitigation measures and new technology;
  • £700 million in property and noise compensation, including a +25% above market value offer for those within the designated zone*.
  • A range of measures to improve domestic air connections in the UK;
  • Up to 40 new direct long-haul destinations;

 More about the new Central Terminal Area design and Terminal 6…

The Central Terminal Area design in the video has been created by Grimshaw Architects, and brought to life by Luminova, as part of a continually evolving piece of work. This design project is separate to the Terminal 6 concept design process, which saw Grimshaw selected from a shortlist including Zaha Hadid, HOK and Benoy.


Within the new Central Terminal Area passengers will have access to hotels, business facilities, retail and public transport within minutes of the Terminal.

Grimshaw Architects have been selected as the concept designers for Heathrow expansion, including Terminal 6. While expansion designs are a continually evolving process at this stage, the following impression of how the entrance to a new Terminal 6 could look according to Grimshaw.

NOTE: The architectural design of Heathrow’s expansion plans is a continually evolving process.

How does the new plan differ from 2009?

Heathrow’s current expansion plan has featured a completely new approach to its predecessor in 2009. The new approach has focused on the community and ensuring the entire UK benefits. Find out more, here.

Support Heathrow expansion? Sign up here to show your support

Do you support the up to £211bn in economic benefits and up to 180,000 jobs Heathrow expansion will create? Make your voice heard and sign out petition today – click here.

Final petition ad 2

Find out more:

Video figure sources:

  • Up to 180,000 jobs and up to £211bn economic benefits created across the UK: Airports Commission: Final Report (Airports Commission, 2015), available online, here.
  • Up to 40 new direct destinations and increased airline competition: Connecting for growth (Frontier Economics, 2011); Impact of airport expansion options on competition and choice (Frontier Economics, 2014); More information available, here.
  • New domestic routes: easyJet has submitted an indicative route map of destinations it would serve with expansion including new domestic destinations while Heathrow has proposed a series of measures to improve domestic air links. Information on both can be found, here.
  • 5 rail links and easy HS2 connection via Old Oak Common: Assuming Western and Southern Rail Access, and the planned completion of a HS2 link to Old Oak Common, more information available, here.
  • Percentage of passengers using public transport to rise to almost 60%: Figure based on estimate of 58.7% airport passenger using public transport 2040 as detailed in Heathrow: Taking Britain Further, Volume 1 (Heathrow, 2015). Available in the downloads section of this website.
  •  £100bn in cargo via Heathrow each year: Seabury Trade Database (2016). In 2016, the total value of trade through Heathrow was £117.9bn.
  • Up to 40,000 local jobs: This includes 10,000 apprenticeships created at Heathrow (information available, here) and analysis included in the Airports Commission: Final Report (Airports Commission, 2015).
  • £105 million investment in green spaces around the airport: Taking Britain Further, Volume 1 (Heathrow, 2015). More information can be found, here.
  • £700 million in property and noise compensation: *Information on Heathrow’s compulsory purchase offer, and noise insulation schemes, please click, here. Heathrow’s compulsory purchase and noise insulation schemes are subject to regulatory approval.
  • 200,000 fewer people affected by significant noise: Figure based on 55 Lden metric with a three-runway Heathrow in 2030 compared to 2012 base – under a “Minimise Total People” scenario, full analysis included in Heathrow’s North-West Runway: Air and Ground Noise Assessment (Heathrow Airport; Amec, 2015), available online, here.

Share this page