Europe’s largest airport could open its third runway by 2026
The biggest airport in the United Kingdom — and in the whole continent — has finally revealed its highly anticipated masterplan for expansion.
By 2026, London Heathrow plans to launch the operation of its third runway. To minimise the number of local communities affected by noise, the runway will be located north-west of the airport.
In addition, the airport will also expand the terminal facilities and build new hotels. This way, Heathrow aims to improve passenger experience, create a seamless journey, and provide great working conditions. The final phase of expansion should finish by 2050.
In an announcement published today (18 June), the airport also pledges to maintain new tough measures to reduce emissions. It also unveiled plans for noise respite and proposed a ban on scheduled night flights.
“Expansion must not come at any cost. That is why we have been working with partners at the airport, in local communities and in government to ensure our plans show how we can grow sustainably and responsibly — with environmental considerations at the heart of expansion,” said Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s executive director for expansion.
People have 12 weeks to have their say about the proposal
With the preferred masterplan — as the airport calls the expansion proposal — people now have the opportunity to express their opinion. Today, Heathrow launches a 12-week statutory consultation available on a dedicated website.
The website provides all the information about Heathrow’s proposals. It includes videos to help explain the plans, and an online feedback form to assist as many people as possible to participate and have their say.
“This consultation is an opportunity for people to have their say on our preferred masterplan, so it’s really important that as many people as possible take part. We look forward to hearing your views,” Gilthorpe added.
The consultation is open until 13 September 2019.