Airport Expansion Consultation FAQs

Updated: 18th June 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

What are you consulting on in the Airport Expansion Consultation?

In our Airport Expansion Consultation in June 2019, we are asking for feedback on four key areas:

  • Heathrow’s preferred masterplan for expansion: our masterplan presents physical changes that we want to make to the airport and to the surrounding areas during and after construction, including the location of the new runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access. The masterplan also sets out the airport’s growth in phases – from runway opening in 2026, to the end masterplan in approximately 2050.
  • Plans to operate the future airport: we have set out how we propose to operate an expanded Heathrow, including important elements such as night flights and runway alternation, as well as an increase in flights using our two runways before the opening of the third runway;
  • Assessment of impacts of the airport’s growth: we are presenting our preliminary assessment of the impacts of expansion on the environment and local communities;
  • Plans to manage the impacts of expansion: we have set out the airport’s plans for mitigating the effects of expansion, including property compensation, our Noise Insulation Policy, a Community Fund, and measures to mitigate against environmental impacts including in relation to air quality and carbon.

When will this consultation take place?

Heathrow’s statutory consultation on its expansion plans launched on 18th June 2019 and will run until 11:55 pm on the 13th September 2019. It will last for 12 and a half-weeks.

Who are you consulting with?

The Airport Expansion Consultation will be open to anyone who has a view on our proposals (as has been the case for all prior consultations). We are consulting with a wide range of individuals, communities and stakeholders including local authorities, prescribed consultees (such as Natural England and the Environment Agency) and people with an interest in land that might be affected by the proposals.

What are the next steps after this consultation finishes in September?

Following the conclusion of this consultation and after your feedback has been taken into account, we will submit our application for development consent to the Secretary of State for Transport, planned for 2020. The decision on whether to grant approval for expansion will be made by the Secretary of State following a public examination period led by the Planning Inspectorate

When will the runway be open?

Depending on the Secretary of State’s decision, we expect construction to begin in 2021 with the runway expected to be completed by 2026.

Where are the consultation events?

Heathrow will be holding events in more locations than previously and, in addition to an extensive national publicity campaign across newspapers, radio, billboards, digital and – for the first time – Spotify, will be contacting 2.6 million households in the vicinity of Heathrow directly via an information leaflet encouraging participation. You can search for a Consultation near you here.

What will a consultation event be like?

A Consultation event will give you an opportunity to have a face-to-face discussion with our teams, plus access to hard copy and online information. For this consultation we have invested in new technology to demonstrate our proposals, including a model of the future airport which uses augmented reality. Some events will also include sound booths which features virtual reality to demonstrate the effect of noise insulation on properties overflown by aircraft. These will be available at our consultation events.

Haven’t Heathrow already had a Consultation this year?

Yes that is right. That was the Airspace and Future Operations Consultation which took place from January to March 2019. The consultation focused on airspace change for an expanded Heathrow, airspace change to make better use of our existing two runways, and future operations for an expanded Heathrow.

The Airport Expansion Consultation launching in June 2019 will be focusing on our preferred proposals for the new runway and physical infrastructure for expansion as well as how the airport will be operated. Airspace change (i.e. the routes that planes will fly in the future) is dealt with under a separate approvals process.

How much will expansion cost UK taxpayers?

Expanding Heathrow will be entirely privately funded at no cost to the taxpayer. We have already invested over £12 billion of private money into the airport since going private, and backed by some of the most sophisticated investors in the world, will be able to secure further financing for our expansion without public loans or guarantees.

I have only have 5 minutes to spare. Is there a quick overview of the Airport Expansion Consultation?

For an overview of this Consultation, click on the link below to watch a video for a quick 3 minute summary of the Expansion project and giving more information on where we are in the Expansion process.

How can I find out more about this consultation?

If you have any further questions regarding the Consultation, then please get in touch by emailing [email protected], calling our community phone line on 0800 307 7996, or visit one of our events where teams will be on hand to answer your questions.

How can I respond?

Your feedback is very important, and we have used a range of methods to inform people about this consultation. You can provide us with your comments and views in a number of ways:

  • Via our Online questionnaire – that includes a basic overview of each topic alongside the questions;
  • Via a paper feedback form – available at our events, to print from our Documents section on our website, or on request through the contact details on this website;
  • Via email – you can send your feedback to [email protected];

All feedback received through these channels will be considered. While all the feedback we receive will be recorded, we will be unable to respond to you individually.

How can I check if a property address falls into one of our property compensation areas?

To check if a property is within the Compulsory Purchase Zone, or may fall within our Wider Property Offer zone, use our address checker. Heathrow has developed property compensation schemes for owners or occupiers of land which may need to be acquired, or may be affected, by expansion.