Heathrow is a cornerstone of the UK economy. For over 70 years, we’ve been connecting Britain to trade all over the world – driving growth, jobs and new opportunities for the whole of the UK. With expansion and a third runway, Heathrow is set to continue to play a vital role in the UK’s future.
Heathrow Britain’s largest port by value for exports with countries outside the EU and Switzerland1, responsible for over 30% of exports to these markets. In 2017, nearly £106 billion worth of trade with non-EU countries passed through Heathrow – larger than Felixstowe and Southampton (the next two largest ports for non-EU trade) combined.
The decision to expand Heathrow is a clear signal to investors around the world that Britain is open for business. Expansion will deliver the infrastructure Britain needs to secure its future as an outward-looking trading nation.
This announcement followed an in-depth independent study by the UK Airports Commission which looked at whether increased UK airport capacity was needed and, if so, where it should go.
Connecting to global growth
Heathrow plays a vital role in connecting Britain to the rest of the world. As the UK prepares to leave the EU, access to the fastest growing markets in Asia and America will prove essential to a successful trading future. But some of Britain’s key trading routes via Heathrow are already often full.
Expansion at Britain’s hub airport will deliver up to 40 new long-haul routes, making Britain one of the best-connected countries in the world. Access to new, emerging markets will enable businesses, including SMEs from Scotland to the South West, to benefit from global trade.
The new runway will also mean a doubling of cargo capacity at the airport, supporting more businesses, large and small, to reach out and trade with the world.
We have a dedicated Heathrow Expansion website – www.heathrowexpansion.com – where you can find out all the latest news and progress on the projet.