Like most websites Airports of the World uses cookies. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Airports of the World website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more


UK cabinet approves Heathrow expansion


The Cabinet of the United Kingdom Government has approved plans for the expansion of Heathrow Airport,  which will include the construction of a third runway and a sixth terminal at the west London facility.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling made the announcement following a meetings of the government’s economic subcommittee and cabinet.  He described the decision as a “historic moment” but that the project would only proceed if stringent air quality commitments were met.  He added that approval had been given in the national interest, with 15% of the new slots created being ring-fenced for domestic flights.  Grayling also committed to ensuring the airport keeps charges near to current levels in real terms.  The improvements to the airport are to be funded entirely privately, and Grayling stated that he hoped the work could be completed by 2026.  The government also confirmed its support for expansion of other UK airports within their available runway capacity.

The cabinet approval, which makes expansion of Heathrow official government policy, starts the countdown to members of parliament voting on the matter within the next 21 working days.  The project has gained widespread support from British industry, but faces opposition from local campaign groups concerned about noise, pollution and traffic congestion.  Should the House of Commons support the government’s position, Heathrow Airport will be asked to prepare a detailed design ahead of further ratification and approval to proceed with the development.  The project could still be contested in court.

Photo: The UK government has approved plans to expand Heathrow Airport in West London.  (BravoNovember – Aviation Image Network)

Airports of the World is launching a weekly newsletter, highlighting some of the biggest and most exciting stories in the airports industry.  It will be emailed to anyone who to signs up for free.  Recipients will be able to de-register at any time.  To be included, please enter your details in the box to the upper right of this story.


Posted in News Tagged with: , , , ,


Our Instant Issue Service sends you an email whenever a new issue of Airports of the World is out. SAVE ON QUEUES - FREE P&P