Local Community Information
Local Community Information

The Airports Commission

The independent Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, was established by the Government in September 2012 and asked to make recommendations on how to best maintain the UK’s status as an international hub for aviation.

The Airports Commission was asked to report on its recommendations by summer 2015.

After three years of extensive consultation, evidence gathering and analysis the commission recommended that our plans for a new runway to the north west of Heathrow is the best option for providing additional capacity.

You can find more information on the Airports Commission, and read its recommendation in full, via their website.



In July 2015, the independent Airports Commission recommended expanding Heathrow. In December 2015, the Government requested additional evidence from us before making a final decision.

The Airports Commission set out a series of conditions that Heathrow should meet before expansion can be approved. In June 2016, after considering the Report, and undertaking further analysis, Heathrow have committed to meeting and, in many cases, exceeding these conditions.

For more information on the Heathrow’s response to the Airports Commission please click here.

Further information

For materials which provide further information on Heathrow’s third runway proposal, our initial compensation proposal, our existing mitigation and insulation programmes and how we work with our local community – click here.

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