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A New Approach: Heathrow's submission to the Airports Commission

See how our proposals on airport capacity would connect the UK to growth

At the UK National Level
At the Regional Level
At the Local Level

The cost benefit

Estimated cost to build:
Thames Estuary: £25bn; Heathrow: £5bn.
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The time benefit

Completion date:
Heathrow: 2025; Stansted: 2023; Thames Estuary: 2034.
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The economic benefit to Britain

More trade with growth markets:
With daily flights: 20 times the trade.
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The connection for growth

Percentage of world GDP:
Emerging markets will account for 46% by 2050.
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The capacity solution

Annual flight capacity:
Heathrow's proposals could create greater airport capacity than Amsterdam's by 2025.
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Benefits for the South East

Why Heathrow is best placed:
Over 200 of the 300 top UK companies are based within 25 miles of Heathrow
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Minimising noise

How we will achieve it:
10% to 20% fewer people in the noise footprint.
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The infrastructure facts

Invested in Heathrow to date:
£25bn invested
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Our New Approach

Options to connect to growth:
All our proposals aim to balance the need for capacity with impact on local communities.
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Our options

Options for the third runway:
We're proposing three options, to the North, the North-West and the South-West
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Minimising noise

How we will achieve it:
10% to 20% fewer people in the noise footprint.
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Community impact

What each proposal means:
See our community pages
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Local resident info:

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A New Approach:

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Summary document

Our user-friendly guide to the proposed new runway options, their potential local impacts and how we will work with residents.

A New Approach – summary document (4MB PDF)

A New Approach – Welsh language version (5MB PDF)

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Heathrow - A national asset

If Heathrow gets approval for expansion, we are committed to making sure the whole of the UK feels the benefit, find out more in the document below.

Further information