Airports Commission Recommends a Third Runway for Heathrow


July 1, 2015


The UK Airports Commission has strongly and unanimously recommended to the UK government that Heathrow Airport be permitted to build a third runway.


Sir Howard Davies, the Chairman of the Commission, said that expansion at Heathrow is the best way to boost Britain’s economy and secure the UK’s future in global aviation. He estimated that the expansion could generate over £131 billion in present value terms for the UK economy over 60 years following the expansion, and create 59,000 to 77,000 new jobs by 2030.


The Commission chose Heathrow over a competing proposal for expansion by Gatwick Airport. The business community largely supported expansion at Heathrow, and easyJet, Gatwick’s largest airline customer, also backed expansion at Heathrow.


The independent Commission was established by the UK government in 2012 to make a recommendation on airport expansion in Southeast England.


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