In recent decades aviation has opened up the world, creating opportunities for all.
It has weathered oil crises, recessions and conflicts, and whatever the current challenges people will continue to fly – and in increasing numbers.
It's this long-term view which is leading to cleaner, quieter aircraft; terminals with less environmental impact; and safer, easier journeys for passengers.
From now until 2015
Our Capital Investment Plan (CIP) 2009 states that over five years we will further develop our airport infrastructure.
We will refurbish Terminal 1 and commence the new Terminal 2 family of facilities. Also within this timeframe is the refurbishment of Terminals 3 and 4.
Various other works, including upgrading of taxiways and stands, are also contained in the CIP.
Noise Action Plan commitments
Heathrow has proposed many commitments regarding measures to improve the noise situation, where practicable, in its draft Noise Action Plan.
Please see the document for a full list of our proposals.
The adopted plan will also be reviewed every five years, or whenever a major development takes place.
Airspace and policy consultations
On 23 February 2009 NATS announced that it would be conducting consultation on revised proposals for the Terminal Control North Airspace region.
This had been due to take place in 2009 but has been postponed until 2010. It could propose changes to some parts of the airspace around Heathrow.
When the consultation has finished we will informally review our Noise Action Plan and, if appropriate, consult on any amendments publicly.