Last week I had the pleasure of attending a Norfolk Chamber of Commerce event in which representatives from Heathrow Airport explained their pledges and benefits for the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport and how business across the UK can help them in the development process. Heathrow’s five pledges are as follows.
1. We will create up to 180,000 new jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships across the UK.
2. We will give businesses the opportunity to connect with up to 40 more long-haul destinations across the globe.
3. We will have independent regulators to help us meet the environmental and noise limits.
4. We will improve connectivity with better air, rail and coach connections from Heathrow to every major town.
5. We will secure a lasting legacy for the future generations, enabling children to compete in the global race.
As well as Heathrow making these pledges, they also think that the economic expansion of Heathrow Airport will be up to £211 billion.
After the presentation that was given that included these facts and figures, there was time for questions and a discussion. Someone asked the question about how many people went through Heathrow Airport per annum, the figure coming to 75 million. Post-expansion, this number could add another 120 million per annum. This number will lead to a higher number of airlines having bases in the UK and a lower wait time while taking off or landing. Right now, a plane lands or takes off every 45 seconds. A third runway will give planes that would normally need to circle around a place to land.
One of the main challenges that was stated was that there would be a need to move the motorway that is to the north of the airport slightly to the west, due to the new runway being 2KM long.
The vote for this expansion is to be decided in about a week’s time. What do you think about it and how much do you think it will help or damage the UK economy?
If you’d like to view the slideshow, it can be found at: http://www.slideshare.net/NorfolkChamber/heathrow-airport-roundtable-event-slides/1
Words by Lewis