On 25 June 2018, Parliament formally backed the expansion of Heathrow which will include the construction of a new north-west runway. This will increase the number of runways at Heathrow from 2 to 3.
Heathrow must meet certain criteria, for example on air quality and noise, in order to get permission to expand so is undertaking several stages of consultation on the changes needed to build and operate the expanded airport and on new flight paths.
In June, Heathrow Airport launched “Consultation 2”, on its preferred proposals for developing and operating an expanded Heathrow. This consultation invites the views of local communities, local authorities, airlines, and all other interested parties which will be considered throughout the design and development process.
In this consultation Heathrow is seeking feedback on:
- the preferred masterplan for expansion
- plans to operate the future airport (including the principles for amending flight paths and runway operation)
- preliminary assessment of the effects of the airport’s growth
- plans to manage the effects of expansion
This consultation will refine Heathrow’s proposals before submission in 2020.
The current consultation runs from 25 June to 13 September 2019 and details can be found on the Heathrow expansion consultation website.