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New destinations

It’s estimated Heathrow expansion will give passengers and exporters access to up to 40 new direct destinations from the airport.


From Wuhan in China, to San Antonio in North America or Santiago in South America – Heathrow expansion has the potential to link the UK with more long-haul destinations.

Heathrow is one of only six airports in the world to have…

Only six airports in the world have regular flights to over 50 long-haul destinations – Heathrow has 82.

This shows how unique and valuable Heathrow is as the UK’s hub.

In total, Heathrow leisure and business passengers can access 81 different airlines and airline alliances to 180 destinations in 85 countries.

Four out of five of all UK long-haul flights are from Heathrow because many long-haul routes at other London airports have struggled to become sustainable.

Boosting inbound tourism…

Last year, visitors from overseas spent billions in Britain. East and Southeast Asian tourists alone brought in £1.2bn with 85% of them arriving through Heathrow.

Expansion could add up to 9 new direct routes to our 16 existing connections to the region, boosting businesses across the country.

It’s not just long-haul destinations…

Expansion will also free up capacity for short-haul and domestic flight routes to return to Heathrow.easyjet route map

easyJet, as an example, have already said they plan to add 68 routes with 19 of those not currently served at the airport. Flybe have also released that they are looking at 12 potential new domestic destinations with Heathrow expansion. 

flybe route map release

We’ve also proposed a range of measures to increase the number of domestic connections to Heathrow.

Increased airline competition to lower fares

Expanding Heathrow will deliver greater reductions in ticket prices for passengers than expanding Gatwick, according to research published by the Airports Commission.

When passenger demand to fly exceeds the physical capacity of airports, ticket prices rise to balance capacity and demand. This results in higher prices for consumers than if there was sufficient airport capacity.


Heathrow has been full for 10 years and this capacity constraint means supply has not been able to keep pace with demand.

In an appraisal document, the Commission recognised that a reduction in excess demand at Heathrow will contribute to lower fares.

Separate analysis, commissioned by Heathrow, found that by 2030 the average return ticket price could be £300 less with Heathrow expansion than without.

This is because an expanded Heathrow will allow for more airlines to compete on more routes with the result benefiting the passenger.

To see what an expanded Heathrow will look like, click here.


Sources: Survey of Inbound Tourist performance (VisitBritain, 2014); International Passenger Survey (ONS, 2014); Visitor Survey (HAL, 2014/2015); Connecting for Growth (Frontier Economics, 2011), Impact of airport expansion options on competition and choice (Frontier Ecomics, 2014)

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