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Heathrow launches expansion manifesto

by Marco Cillario Tue 24 May 2016, 10:05 am

Heathrow Airport has launched a manifesto highlighting how it considers its expansion through the creation of a third runway will benefit the country.

On 23 May, the airport’s CEO John Holland-Kaye presented a document containing a series of core pledges to “secure a brighter future for Britain”.

According to the manifesto, launched at events in Liverpool, Yorkshire, the Midlands and the Thames Valley, Heathrow's expansion would create up to 180,000 jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships. It also claimed the addition of a third runway would boost the UK’s economy by £211 million and that businesses would be better connected, offering up to 40 more long-distance destinations across the world. 

Creating a third runway would also result in better connectivity between the airport and the rest of the country, according to Heathrow, with better air, rail and bus connections to UK’s major towns and cities. 

Also, the airport would meet what the document calls “tough environmental and noise limits”.

As Holland-Kaye already announced in a letter to the prime minister, David Cameron, on 11 May, the airport would “meet and in most cases exceed” a set of conditions for expansion set out by the Airports Commission, while recommending the expansion in July 2015. These include supporting a ban on flights between 11pm and 5.30am, and backing a proposal for the Environment Agency to be made an independent aviation air quality authority for the airport.

While launching the manifesto, Holland-Kaye said: “If Heathrow falls behind, Britain falls behind. That means fewer jobs and less security for families.

“We all want our children to inherit a country that is stronger and can compete in the world.  A keystone of our children’s future success is an expanded Heathrow.

“Economic security, opportunity for people in every part of Britain, outward looking abroad but fair to our neighbours at home – that is the promise of our manifesto.”

The expansion manifesto was launched a few weeks after the Transport Select Committee urged the government to set a clear timetable on Heathrow expansion, recommending the creation of a third runway.

In a report published on 4 May 2016, the committee chaired by Louise Ellman MP said that Heathrow’s expansion in the south-east offered great economic benefit and would improve connectivity internationally and within the UK.

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