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Airports Commission explained

The Airports Commission process

September 2012

The Airports Commission is established by the Government to examine how the UK's status as a leading global aviation hub can be maintained.

July 2013

Heathrow submits initial proposals (A New Approach) to the Airports Commission.

December 2013

Heathrow, Gatwick and Heathrow Hub proposals shortlisted by the Airports Commission. A commitment is given to undertake further studies on the feasibility of a Thames Estuary airport.

February - March 2014

Heathrow runs a six-week local consultation exercise to inform the updated proposal.

May 2014

Heathrow publishes and submits revised proposal (Taking Britain Further) to the Airports Commission.

Autumn 2014

The Airports Commission will run a national consultation on the final shortlisted options.

Summer 2015

The Airports Commission presents final recommendations to the Government.

In September 2012 the Airports Commission was set up by the Government to examine the need for additional UK airport capacity and to make recommendations on how this could be met in the short, medium and long term. In July 2013 we submitted our proposals for a new runway at Heathrow airport.

After a north-west third runway proposal was shortlisted in The Commissions December 2013 interim report, Heathrow consulted with stakeholders across the UK to improve it. In line with The Commission process, we submitted a revised plan in May for a north-west third runway which addressed the issues raised during our consultation.

We are now undertaking a 12 week public consultation to enable local residents and businesses to help shape our compensation proposals.

The Commission will now explore all the options on their shortlist in more detail ahead of their full report in summer 2015. The recommendations will then be considered by the Government of the day.

You can find out more about the Airports Commission by visiting their website. Alternatively, you can keep up to date with the latest Heathrow Airports Commission related news via: your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/news.

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