Expansion of Heathrow Airport
The extension of Heathrow Airport is a series of proposals to add to the runways at London's busiest airport beyond its two long runways which are since the 1990s intensively used serving four terminals and a large cargo operation. The plans are those presented by Heathrow Airport Holdings and an independent proposal by Heathrow Hub with the main object of increasing capacity.
In early December 2006 the Department for Transport published a progress report on the strategy which confirmed the original vision of more runway length. In November 2007 the government started a public consultation on its proposal for a slightly shorter third runway (2,000 metres (6,560 ft)) and a new passenger terminal.
The plan was publicly supported by many businesses, the aviation industry, the British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry, the Trades Union Congress and the then Labour government. It was publicly opposed by Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties as opposition parties and then as a coalition government, by Boris Johnson (then Mayor of London), many environmental, local advocacy groups and prominent individuals. While the expansion was originally cancelled on 12 May 2010 by the new coalition government, the Airport Commission published its various-options comparative study "Final Report" on 1 July 2015 which preferred the plan. On 25 October 2016 a new northwest runway and terminal was adopted as central Government policy. Fulfilling a pledge, Zac Goldsmith resigned as Conservative MP for Richmond Park and stood in the resulting by-election as an anti-Heathrow expansion candidate but would not defect to the Liberal Democrats who also held that position. Goldsmith lost at the by-election to the local Liberal Democrat candidate, then rejoined his party and regained his seat in the General Election of the next year. In late June 2018 the resultant National Policy Statement: Airports was debated and voted on by the House of Commons; the House voted 415-119 in favour of the third runway, within which outcome many local MPs, including a majority of those from London opposed or abstained.
- 1 Plans
- 2 Support
- 3 Opposition
- 4 Alternatives to expansion
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Third runway and additional terminalEdit
In January 2009, the then Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon announced that the UK government supported the expansion of Heathrow by building a third runway (2200 m long) serving a new passenger terminal, a hub for public and private transport set apart from the Central hub between T2 and T3, the southern hub of T4 and western hub of T5. The government would encourage the airport operator (BAA) to apply for planning permission and to carry out the work. The government anticipated that the new runway would be operational in 2015 or soon after.[circular reference] In 2009 the government stipulated it would limit extra flights to 125,000 per year until 2020, rather than the full capacity of circa 222,000. The third runway plans drafted involve compulsory acquisition and demolition of approximately 700 homes for which 125% market value would be paid to compensate families.
In January 2009 more detailed plans for a third runway were government backed subject to funding, legal and parliamentary approval, together with a terminal which would include a Heathrow Hub railway station to provide the first extra-London rail link using the Great Western Main Line, perhaps at the global definition of "high speed", involving the national HS2 new railway project.
In March 2010 the route for High Speed 2 was announced. It did not include a direct connection with Heathrow, but did include a new station at Old Oak Common before reaching the London terminus of Paddington - also served by Crossrail.
On 12 May 2010, expansion was cancelled as part of the coalition agreement agreed by the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat government. BAA formally dropped its plans on 24 May 2010. However, London First, a lobby group representing many of London's businesses and major employers, continued to press the coalition government to rethink their opposition to the expansion of the airport.
On 1 July 2015, the Airport Commission recommended the third runway with further terminal, with a projected capacity (on completion) of 740,000 flights per year.
On 25 June 2018, the House of Commons voted 415-119 in favour of the third runway. The project has received approval from most of the government. A judicial review of the decision is being launched by four London boroughs affected by the expansion – Wandsworth, Richmond, Hillingdon and Hammersmith and Fulham – in partnership with Greenpeace and London mayor Sadiq Khan. Khan had previously said he would take legal action if it were passed by Parliament.
In July 2013, the airport submitted three new proposals for expansion to the Airports Commission, which was established to review airport capacity in south-east England. The Commission was chaired by Sir Howard Davies who, at the time of his appointment was in the employ of GIC Private Limited (formerly known as Government Investment Corporation of Singapore) and a member of its International Advisory Board. Since 2012, GIC Private Limited has been one of Heathrow's principal owners. Davies resigned these positions upon confirmation of his appointment to lead the Airports Commission, although it has been observed that he failed to identify these interests when invited to complete the Commission's register of interests. Each of the three proposals that were to be considered by the Commission involved the construction of a third runway, to either the north, the north-west or the south-west of the current airport site.
The commission released its interim report in December 2013. This shortlisted three options:
- the north-west third runway option at Heathrow,
- extending an existing runway at Heathrow, and
- a second runway at Gatwick Airport.
The full report was published on 1 June 2015; this confirmed the north-west runway and a new sixth terminal as the commission's chosen proposal. The commission estimated the cost as around £18.6 billion; £4 billion higher than Heathrow's own estimate.
The north-west runway and terminal plan was approved by Government on 25 October 2016. In January 2018, in a public consultation, Heathrow unveiled another option with the new runway 300 metres shorter, to reduce costs from £16.8 billion[clarification needed] to £14.3 billion. This option would still require the M25 motorway to be diverted to a tunnel under the runway, 150 metres west of its current route.
The financing of the expansion has yet to be arranged; Heathrow Airport Holdings' finances are already highly leveraged. In 2017 borrowings were £13.4 billion, with shareholder's equity of only £0.7 billion.
Reasons for expansionEdit
The principal argument stated in favour of extending Heathrow is to enhance the economic growth of the UK. As the UK's major hub airport, Heathrow can attract many transfer passengers, and so can support a very wide range of direct flight destinations at high frequencies. It is the world's second busiest airport, based on numbers of international passengers. The government claims that Heathrow's connectivity helps London (and nearby counties) especially compete with other European cities for business investment, which in turn produces economic benefits for the rest of the UK. Should Heathrow's connectivity decline compared to London's European competitors, the UK would fall behind.
The government's argument is that Heathrow is on the brink of suffering a decline in connectivity. Heathrow's runways are now operating at around 99% capacity, which increases delays when flights are disrupted, and risks competing European airports gaining destinations (at Heathrow's loss). The government estimates that building a third runway would allow Heathrow to increase its connectivity, bringing £5.5bn of economic benefits over the period 2020-2080. However, the British Chambers of Commerce estimated the economic benefits are £30 billion for the UK economy over the same time scale, and has also stated that every year the programme is delayed costs the UK between £900 million and £1.1 billion.
Some of the capacity added to Heathrow by the new third runway could be used to reinstate or improve flight connections to UK cities. Several cities have seen their connections to Heathrow reduced or lost over recent years as airlines have reallocated the airport's limited capacity to more profitable long-haul flights.
It was suggested that a third runway would increase Heathrow's resilience to disruption, and so reduce emissions from aircraft waiting to land.
Construction was estimated to provide up to 60,000 jobs. Operating the extended Heathrow was expected to create up to 8,000 new jobs at Heathrow by 2030, with multiplier benefits to West London.
The UK's Brown ministry took the lead in driving forward the expansion of Heathrow. The particular members of that government most closely associated with that drive were the then Prime Minister (Gordon Brown) and past Transport Secretaries Alistair Darling, Ruth Kelly, Geoff Hoon and Lord Adonis. Lord Mandelson, the then Business Secretary, also voiced his support for the scheme.
The stance of both Labour and the Conservatives was broadly supported by a number of groups and prominent individuals:
- Aviation sector: including BAA Limited and Flying Matters.
- Airlines: including All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, easyjet, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
- Airports: including Glasgow Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Leeds Bradford International Airport, Newcastle International Airport and Aberdeen International Airport.
- Business organisations: The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and 32 local chambers of commerce, including the London Chamber of Commerce and West London Business.
- Local authorities: Slough
- Manufacturing & freight sector: including the Freight Transport Association, the British International Freight Association, the EEF, SEGRO and Black & Decker.
- Trade unions: including the GMB Union, Trades Union Congress and Unite the Union.
Advocacy in support of expansionEdit
In May 2007, the British Airports Authority (BAA) and several other companies involved with aviation established Flying Matters to lobby the UK government and generally advocate for the development of the airport following on from a suggestion from Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic Airways that aviation industry needed to develop a shared solution to climate change. The organisation was created to help demonstrate that the aviation sector was "taking climate change seriously". In 2009 Greenpeace acquired and published a detailed confidential report into the group activities and plans which claimed that The Department for Transport was independently approaching Flying Matters for support on key issues on the Climate change bill.
Prior to the 2007 party conferences Flying Matters issued a number of press releases aimed at the Conservative Party which challenged their opposition to the 3rd runway: "Voters in key marginals shun Conservative proposals for higher taxes on air travel", "'Green' holiday tax plan puts Conservatives 6 per cent behind Labour in 30 most important marginals in the Country","Families will be priced out of air travel if Heathrow fails to expand" and "Stopping new runways would cost half a million new UK jobs". The objectives outlined in the leaked 'draft Strategy and programme for 2009-10' later confirmed that the organisation felt that it was "Essential to help establish a foundation from which the Conservatives could amend their position post election". The organisation's budget for 2008-2009 was £390 thousand.
The aviation sector had close links with political decision makers which many players moving between roles through the controversial 'revolving door'. For example: Joe Irvin was advisor to John Prescott from 1996 and 2001 (Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions as well as Deputy Prime Minister) before working for various element of the aviation lobby and becoming head of corporate affairs at BAA in 2006 before he became 'Special Advisor' to Gordon Brown in 2007 when he became prime minister. He was succeeded at BAA by Tom Kelly who took the title 'group director of corporate and public affairs' and had been official spokesman for Tony Blair when he was prime minister.
Freedom to Fly was formed during the preparation phase of the "Future of Aviation white paper 2003" by BAA and others It was 'fronted' by Joe Irvin, a former political adviser to John Prescott who subsequently became Director of Public Affairs at BAA Limited Their director, Dan Hodges, is the son of Glenda Jackson, Labour MP and former Aviation Minister.
Greenhouse gas emissionsEdit
Environmental objections have included that the increased CO
2 emissions caused by the additional flights will add to global warming. They have argued that claimed economic benefits would be more than wiped out by the cost of the CO
2 emissions. The government estimated that a third runway would generate an extra 210.8 Mt (million tons) CO
2 annually, but in cost-benefits analysis costs this at £13.33 per ton using 2006 prices, giving a 2020-2080 "cost" of £2.8bn. This is a small fraction of the government's own official estimate of the cost of carbon, which rises from £32.90 in 2020 to £108.20 in 2080 (in 2007 prices). If these figures are used, the carbon cost of the third runway alone rises to £13.3bn (2006 prices), enough to wipe out the economic benefits. However, the British Chambers of Commerce released a report stating the economic benefits as £30 billion over the same time scale, considerably more than the carbon cost of the expansion.
The World Development Movement has claimed that the proposed additional flights from Heathrow's third runway would emit the same amount of CO
2 as the whole of Kenya. However, the then Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly stated that carbon emissions would not actually rise overall in the environment, since carbon trading would be used to ensure that these increases from Heathrow are offset by reductions elsewhere in the economy.
Some 700 homes, a church and eight Grade II-listed buildings would have to be demolished or abandoned, the high street in Harmondsworth split, a graveyard "bulldozed" and the "entire village of Sipson could disappear". John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington, suggested in 2007 that up to 4,000 houses would actually have to be demolished or abandoned, but aviation minister Jim Fitzpatrick defended the plans, saying anyone evicted from their home as a result of expansion would be fully compensated. BAA has committed to preserving the Grade I-listed parish church and Great Barn at Harmondsworth, and has given assurances that the value of properties affected by a possible third runway will be protected.
Noise and air pollutionEdit
- There are alternatives to a third runway that maintain London's connectivity (see below).
- Reductions in emissions caused by fewer aircraft delays (a buffer of spare capacity) and a few fewer flights from some regional airports would be dwarfed by the increased emissions from the additional flights serving Heathrow, as reflected by the promise to open up many airports not currently connected which will now connect to the UK.
- Job creation claims are invalid. If the money supporting the new jobs generated by a third runway was not spent at an extended Heathrow, it would be spent elsewhere in the economy.
Opponents of expansionEdit
Three House of Commons-represented political parties, many advocacy groups, associations and prominent people are publicly opposed to expansion. Notably:
- Plaid Cymru (including its five MPs at the time of the June 2018 vote on whether to approve the National Policy Statement)
- The Liberal Democrats (including thus all 11 MPs at the June 2018 vote, however it has gained six MPs from defections of which five voted for expansion in 2018).
- The Green Party (including its MP).
- 28⁄46 of London Labour MPs: Rosena Allin-Khan, Diane Abbott, Dawn Butler, Lyn Brown, Karen Buck, Ruth Cadbury, Jeremy Corbyn, Marsha De Cordova, Jon Cruddas, John Cryer, Janet Daby, Emma Dent Coad, Clive Efford, Barry Gardiner, Helen Hayes, Kate Hoey, Rupa Huq, Sarah Jones, Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, Kate Osamor, Teresa Pearce, Matthew Pennycook, Steve Reed, Ellie Reeves, Andy Slaughter, Keir Starmer, Emily Thornberry, Catherine West
- 6⁄19 of London Conservative MPs: Bob Blackman, Zac Goldsmith, Justine Greening, Greg Hands, Matthew Offord, and Theresa Villiers. The 2018 vote drew five absences/abstentions from others in the nineteen.
- Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and his predecessors, Boris Johnson but who visited Afghanistan at the time of the important 2018 vote and Ken Livingstone.
- International campaign groups criticising expansion of fossil-fuel powered passenger aviation (foremost group: Plane Stupid) and local anti-aviation impacts groups (foremost group: Hacan ClearSkies).
- The immediately local government authority (the London Borough of Hillingdon), 2M Group of 24 local authorities.
- Environmental campaign groups: Greenpeace, RSPB, Friends of the Earth and WWF, which have a combined British membership of more than 2.5m people
- The National Trust, with 3.5 million members
- Developmental charities: Oxfam, Christian Aid
Advocacy against expansionEdit
Various methods were proposed and adopted in attempt to halt expansion:
In August 2007, the Camp for Climate Action took place within a mile of Heathrow. The camp ran for a week and on its final day some 1000-1400 people protested and 200 people blockaded British Airports Authority HQ. Before the camp BAA requested the "mother of all injunctions" which could have restricted the movements of 5 million people from 15 different organisations, including the RSPB, Greenpeace, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, the Woodland Trust, Friends of the Earth, and the National Trust. The injunction would technically have included the Queen; patron of the RSPB and CPRE, Prince Charles; in his position as President of the National Trust, and even some of BAA's own staff.
In February 2008, five members of Plane Stupid who have resisted expansion throughout the process staged a 2-hour protest on the roof of the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) in protest at the close links between BAA and the government. Two large banners were unfurled which read "BAA HQ" and "No 3rd runway at Heathrow".
In April 2008, Plane Stupid claimed that their group was infiltrated by Toby Kendall, 24, an employee of C2i International. The Times reported that he had gone undercover in the group using the name of "Ken Tobias." Airport operator, BAA, who have often been a target of Plane Stupid's campaign, confirmed to The Times that they had been in contact with C2i International but denied ever hiring the company. C2i offered their clients "The ability to operate effectively and securely in a variety of hostile environments". and at the time listed 'aerospace' at the top of a list of industries for which it worked.
In January 2009, Greenpeace and partners (including actress Emma Thompson and impressionist Alistair McGowan) bought a piece of land on the site of the proposed third runway called Airplot. Their aim is to maximise the opportunities to put legal obstacles in the way of expansion. Although this action is similar to the tactics first employed in the early 1980s by FoE with the 'Alice's Meadow' campaign; it differs in that it relies on the concept of multiple beneficial ownership rather than the division of the field into microplots. The field was bought for an undisclosed sum from a local land owner. Also in January, Climate Rush staged a "picnic protest" at Heathrow airport against the construction of the 3rd runway. Hundreds of people attended the protest, dressed in Edwardian period dress. In the same month the glass doors of the Department for Transport were also broken by members of the organisation.
Also in March 2009, Plane Stupid protester Leila Deen threw green custard over Business Secretary Lord Mandelson at a low carbon summit hosted by Gordon Brown, in protest at the frequent meetings between Roland Rudd, who represents airport operator BAA, and Mandelson and other ministers in the run-up to Labour's decision to go ahead with plans for a third runway at Heathrow.
In February 2010, The Daily Telegraph reported that the Department for Transport was being investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office and could face a criminal investigation over allegations that it may have deleted or concealed emails to prevent them from being disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The investigation followed a complaint by Justine Greening MP.
In March 2010 campaigners "won a High Court battle" when Lord Justice Carnwath ruled that the government's policy support for a third runway would need to be looked at again, and called for a review "of all the relevant policy issues, including the impact of climate change policy". The Department for Transport vowed to "robustly defend" the third runway plan. Following the announcement, Gordon Brown, the prime minister, said it was the right decision, that it was "vital not just to our national economy, but enables millions of citizens to keep in touch with their friends and families" and that the judgement would not change its plans. Shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said that the ruling meant "Labour's flagship transport policies were in complete disarray".
On 6 August 2018, lawyers for Friends of the Earth filed papers at the High Court asking for the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) to be quashed. Friends of the Earth argues that the Airports NPS constitutes a breach of the UK's climate change policy and its sustainable development duties.
Alternatives to expansionEdit
The main suggested alternatives to Heathrow expansion included:
- greater use of regional airports in the UK to create more capacity in the South East,
- planned greater use of High Speed 2 which will reduce domestic flights, or
- a whole new airport altogether.
Better utilisation of existing capacityEdit
It has been suggested that using larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380 could significantly free up landing slots and relieve congestion. As an example, British Airways has nine flights a day on the LHR to JFK route which use a mixture of Boeing 747s and Boeing 777s; using the A380 could theoretically cut down the number of flights whilst maintaining the same number of daily seats between the two airports. Airlines on such routes tend to be reluctant as to these, chiefly as customers' current wide choice of flight times creates an inertia in favour of that status quo. But campaigners against the third runway say it would reduce airport congestion.
'Mixed mode' take off and landing is another method to increase utilisation, backed by British Airways.
Greater use of other airports near LondonEdit
There are six airports in or near London, some of which could achieve a higher capacity with certain expansions. Luton Airport and London Southend Airport have capacity, but expansion of runway and terminal would be needed. Expansion of Gatwick Airport has been seriously considered, and London Stansted Airport is also considering expansion, but a new runway would be needed in either case.
Many passengers use London as a transfer point to and from long-distance flights, most of which use Heathrow. Ground transfer between Heathrow and other London airports is generally time-consuming (often taking two hours or longer). There is a suggestion to build a railway called Heathwick between Heathrow and Gatwick, making transfers between them easier.
Greater use of regional airportsEdit
The United Kingdom has a number of regional airports, which it had been argued can be utilised further to reduce the airport capacity strain on South East England and benefit the whole of the United Kingdom. The 2003 Aviation White Paper mainly argued that increased use of regional airports would increase airport capacity in South East England; and the 2010 coalition government concurred with this view. Politicians proposing this plan include Theresa Villiers MP and John Leech MP. Business leaders to back the plan include bosses at Birmingham and Cardiff Airports. The CEO of Manchester Airports Group, the largest British-owned operator of airports and member of the influential Aviation Foundation along with Virgin Atlantic Airways, British Airways and BAA Limited, has also proposed greater use of regional airports.
A number of airline bosses expressed their dissatisfaction at the over-emphasis on the South East in aviation policy. Laurie Berryman of Emirates Airlines said in 2013 that "The business community doesn't want to come to Heathrow or the South East. They would rather fly long-haul from their local airport." A number of airlines have filled in the gap when British Airways have left regional airports over the past decade.
Another major issue at regional airports was "leakage", or passengers who need to get connecting flights from a regional airport to an international airport. Manchester Airport is by far the busiest and largest airport outside South East England, with two runways. Four million passengers - about 20% of all passengers - need to fly from Manchester to London to get connecting long-haul flights abroad. Likewise, many more millions fly from other regional airports to connecting flights in London. Advocates argue that flying to international destinations directly from regional airports would immediately create more airport capacity in the South East at a fraction of the cost and time of having a build a new runway or airport. Furthermore, numerous regional airports are underused, and need no immediate expense to take on more passengers. Manchester is the only airport in the United Kingdom other than Heathrow to have two runways and is severely under capacity: Manchester carries 20 million passengers, but has the capacity to carry at least 50 million.
Proponents of this idea also suggest the new High Speed 2 network will be vital to the success of regional airports in the future. HS2 will link the three airports of Birmingham, Manchester and East Midlands with London. Furthermore, journey times will be competitive: a journey from London Euston to Birmingham Airport will be less than 50 minutes, and to Manchester about 65 minutes - in comparison, the Heathrow Express service to London Paddington takes 25 minutes. Currently rail links exist from London Euston to Birmingham International which takes about 70 minutes, whilst journeys to Manchester take over 2 hours with a change required at Manchester Piccadilly station. It was hoped airlines would create a "north-south hub" with more flights from Manchester, with passengers who live or work in London being only an hour away from the airport - thus spreading demand to regional airports and creating more international hub capacity in the South East.
Thames Estuary AirportEdit
Since the 1970s, there have been various proposals to complement or replace Heathrow by a new airport in the Thames Estuary. This would have the advantage of avoiding flights taking off and landing over London, with all the accompanying noise and pollution, and would avoid destroying homes, nature and amenity land on the western edge of London. In November 2008, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced a feasibility study into building an airport on an artificial island off the Isle of Sheppey.
Critics pointed variously to the construction costs, threat to jobs at Heathrow, and opponents in green ideology as with all expansion cite increased CO
2 emissions if more flights are scheduled than at present.
Following an election pledge not to build a third runway, Prime Minister David Cameron was keen to implement the Thames Estuary hub. However, airlines spoke out against plans to partially fund the airport with around £8 billion in landing charges from Heathrow. An aviation review was set for the end of 2012 and Cameron had advised: "I do understand it is vitally important that we maintain the sort of hub status that Britain has. There are lots of different options that can be looked at."
The three main parties represented within the UK support a high-speed railway to the north.
- In July 2008, Arup proposed a short but urban link from Heathrow directly to High Speed 1 (map) so passengers transiting to/from the near Continent to/from other destinations could do so landside, at a cost of £4.5bn.
- In September 2008, the Conservative party proposed as HM Opposition such a northern railway and suggested that it would reduce the need for short-haul flights, by encouraging passengers to complete their journey by train instead of flying. By pruning short-haul flights from Heathrow, international flights could increase and so connectivity enhance. They predicted that it would allow the cessation of 66,430 domestic flights per year, 30% of the capacity of the third runway.
- In March 2010 in the final months of the Labour government it published detailed plans for High Speed 2 which would link London with Birmingham and then Scotland - incorporating a new Old Oak Common railway station in West London which would 'improve surface access by rail to Heathrow Airport.'[n 1] instead of any direct westward rail link for Heathrow. For various reasons its pencilled route did not run alongside West Coast Main Line.[n 2] It did believe that there would be some "modal shift" to rail from road and air.[n 3] but not for passengers who arrived at Heathrow by air who it was felt would continue to go by air to their UK destination. HS2 Ltd anticipate 8% of its users would switch from aviation.
An alternative suggestion to relieve the pressure on Heathrow without building a third runway was made:
- Documents referenced from 'Notes' section
- Other references for article
- "Airports Commission Final Report: July 2015". Airports Commission. 1 July 2015. p. 100. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "UK Government review backs London Heathrow and London Stansted airport strategy". Flight International. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
- "Air Transport White Paper Progress Report 2006". Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2007.
- "Industry backs third Heathrow runway as consultation opens". Flight International. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2007.
- "Heathrow third runway plans scrapped by new government". BBC News. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Airports commission - final report". UK Government. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
- "Zac Goldsmith immediately quits as Tory MP for Richmond Park in protest over Heathrow expansion". The Daily Telegraph. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
- "Transport Secretary's statement to the House of Commons, 15th January 2009". Department of Transport. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
- Department for Transport (2009). "Britain's Transport Infrastructure Adding Capacity at Heathrow: Decisions Following Consultation" (PDF). DfT Publications.
- "Heathrow expansion: Construction". BBC News Online. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
- "High Speed Rail" (PDF). Department for Transport. p. 107. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- Walker, Peter (24 May 2010). "Third runway plan for Heathrow scrapped by BAA". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- Topham, Gwyn (1 February 2012). "Ministers accused of 'negligence' for ruling out third Heathrow runway". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- "Airports Commission - Heathrow". www.heathrow.com.
- "Heathrow airport: MPs vote in favour of expansion". BBC News. 25 June 2018.
- "Cabinet approves new Heathrow runway". BBC News. 5 June 2018.
- "Heathrow expansion plans approved for take-off after Commons vote". www.shropshirestar.com.
- "Heathrow third runway: Sadiq Khan backs legal challenge". BBC News. 21 June 2018.
- "Heathrow submits third runway options to Davies Commission". BBC News. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
- "Airports Commission releases final report". gov.uk. Airports Commission. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- Dunn, Graham (11 November 2014), "Heathrow, Gatwick expansion costs under-estimated: Davies", Flightglobal, Reed Business Information, retrieved 11 November 2014
- Topham, Gwyn (17 January 2018). "Heathrow to unveil shorter third runway plan in bid to cut costs". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
- Gill Plimmer, Jonathan Ford (22 June 2018). "Who will pay for Heathrow airport's £14bn third runway?". Financial Times. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- "The Future of Air Transport". 1 December 2003. Archived from the original on 20 December 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
- "A third runway at Heathrow would add £30 billion to UK economy, says new study". Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
- "Heathrow expansion is not just a flight of fancy for Scottish businesses". The Scotsman. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
- "New runway could restore air link". BBC News. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
- Robinson, Martin (3 September 2012). "Tories turn on each other after Chancellor refuses to rule out a U-turn on building third runway at Heathrow". Daily Mail.
- "Airlines on-board with Heathrow expansion". your.heathrow.com. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "UK Airports show their support for Heathrow expansion". your.heathrow.com. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "32 UK Chambers of Commerce support Heathrow expansion". your.heathrow.com. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "Local council of Slough announces support for Heathrow". your.heathrow.com. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "Best for Britain, Backed by Britain" (PDF). mediacentre.heathrow.com/. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
- "Green travel consortium backs airport expansion". Brand Republic. Retrieved 23 December 2007.
- "Flying Matters - Leaking lobbying plan". Greenpeace. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- Vidal, John (18 February 2009). "Aviation lobbyists enlisted to tackle rebel climate MPs, leaked papers show". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- "Voters in key marginals shun Conservative proposals for higher taxes on air travel". Archive.org. 2 September 2007. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
- "Draft Strategy and programme 2009-2010" (PDF). Flying Matters. 1 January 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
- Helm, Toby (18 January 2009). "Fury at airport lobby links to No 10". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- Deedes, Henry (25 April 2007). "Tories try to rubbish Gordon's next bag man". The Independent. London. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
- "Royal Aeronautical Society - The Aviation White Paper: can we deliver airport capacity sustainably?" (PDF). Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- "New freedom to fly campaign an 'industry front'..." Halcan. Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- "Joe Irvin to join BAA as Public Affairs Director". Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- Garman, Joss (29 June 2007). "Flying to close". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- Benjamin, Alison (13 August 2007). "Campaign to stop Heathrow expansion takes to the roads". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 December 2007.
- "Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport Impact Assessment" (PDF). Department for Transport. January 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
- "How to use the Shadow Price of Carbon in policy appraisal" (PDF). DEFRA. December 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
- Milmo, Dan (16 January 2009). "Government accused of 'fantasy economics' over Heathrow expansion". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Flights from Heathrow's third runway will emit same amount of CO
2 as Kenya". World Development Movement. 21 November 2007. Archived from the original on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2008.
- Ben Webster (1 December 2007). "Airlines to make billions from CO
2 trade". The Times. London.
- Ryan, Margaret (21 February 2006). "Village faces being wiped off map". BBC News. Retrieved 23 December 2007.
- "Public 'misled' on number of homes lost for Heathrow". This Is London. 13 December 2007. Archived from the original on 16 December 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2007.
- "A third runway".
- "Third runway noise will hit North London". This Is London. 23 November 2007. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2007.
- "The economics of Heathrow expansion" (PDF). CE Delft. February 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
- Hansard 25 June 2018 Division 192: National Policy Statement: Airports
- "Heathrow expansion will lose UK billions says Kramer". Libdems.org.uk. 7 December 2009. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Heathrow go-ahead: "ignorance and stupidity"". Green Party. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "MP suspended after mace protest". BBC News. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Sadiq Khan stands his ground to OPPOSE Heathrow third runway - after airport CEO said new plan could persuade him". 11 May 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- "Boris Johnson on Heathrow". YouTube. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Hacan ClearSkies
- "London Borough of Hillingdon - Residents". Hillingdon.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Heathrow noise 'to blight lives of millions more Londoners'". Evening Standard. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
- "2M group boroughs produce highly critical report of Airports Commission's Heathrow runway recommendation". AirportWatch. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
- Taylor, Matthew (28 January 2010). "Greenpeace plans to build fortress on Heathrow runway site". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Heathrow - The wrong decision at the wrong time". rspb.org.uk. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "London Heathrow Airport". Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
- "WWF challenges Heathrow expansion plan". Wwf.org.uk. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "News". National Trust. 25 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Vidal, John (15 January 2009). "Advisers, activists and scientists join forces to oppose Heathrow expansion". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Third Heathrow runway a 'massive step backwards'". Christian Aid. 28 February 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Campaigners leave Heathrow camp". BBC News. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2008.
- Brown, Jonathan (7 August 2007). "Joy for protesters as Heathrow is denied 'mother of all injunctions'". The Independent. London. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
- "BAA wins Heathrow protesters ban". BBC News Online. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
- "BAA wins ban against climate change activists". 6 August 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
- "Anti-airport protesters scale Parliament's roof". The Independent. London. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
- "Parliament rooftop protest ends". BBC News. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
- "Industrial espionage agency targeted Heathrow protestors - 8 April 2008". Retrieved 13 April 2008.
- Webster, Ben (8 April 2008). "Spy caught by anti-aviation group was 'more Austin Powers than 007'". The Times. London. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
- "C2i International Limited". C21 International Limited. Archived from the original on 10 September 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
'C2i International Limited is a highly professional, structured and integrated security organisation with the capacity to draw upon a breadth and depth of expertise co-ordinated to provide our clients with maximum security at all times.' (taken from the 'about us' page)
- "Mystery over who hired mole to dig dirt on Plane Stupid's environment activists". The Guardian. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
- This is the best meal of my life 2 (21 December 2011). "Join the plot to stop airport expansion | Greenpeace UK". Greenpeace.org.uk. Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Protesters buy up Heathrow land". BBC News. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Celebs buy Heathrow expansion land". Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
- Harry de Quetteville (17 January 2009). "Heathrow's protesters bridge the class divide". The Daily Telegraph. London.
- "Peter Mandelson: Yachtgate 2.0". Plane Stupid. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
- "undefined". Hounslow.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Butterworth, Myra (7 February 2010). "DfT could face criminal investigation over Heathrow airport". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Heathrow third runway opponents win court challenge". BBC News. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
- "Heathrow ruling will not change plans, say ministers". BBC News. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
- "Campaigners challenge Heathrow NPS in the High Court". Planning Portal. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- "Aviation: regional airports". Parliament.co.uk. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- Tighe, Chris (15 July 2012). "UK hopes to boost regional airports". The FT. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Give Manchester its share of the jobs and wealth. Oppose a third Heathrow runway". 6 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Call to develop Cardiff Airport as regional hub". BBC News. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Birmingham Airport calls for focus on regions". BBC News. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Letters - Airport capacity". The Telegraph. London. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "'Government must put Manchester Airport at core of aviation policy' says Manchester Airport Groups boss". Manchester Evening News. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "The interview: Laurie Berryman, Emirates". buyingbusinesstravel.com. 18 July 2013.
- "Emirates Makes Manchester Mideast Hub, Challenging BA's Heathrow Strategy". Bloomberg. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- Cox, Ed (29 November 2012). "Choose Manchester to improve UK's airport capacity". The Independent. London. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- "Manchester Airport may be high-speed rail network hub". Manchester Evening News. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "New 'parkway' station could be built in East Midlands". 3 December 2009. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Emirates Makes Manchester Mideast Hub, Challenging BA's Heathrow Strategy". Bloomberg. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- Needham, Duncan (27 October 2014). "Maplin: the Treasury and London's third airport in the 1970s". History & Policy. History & Policy. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
- Halcrow Group Ltd. (December 2003). "Development of Airport Capacity in the Thames Estuary" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2009. Cite journal requires
- Malthouse, Kit (23 November 2007). "Problem: Heathrow's in the wrong place". The Times. London. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
- Mayor of London (11 November 2008). "International engineer to advise Mayor on Thames Airport feasibility". Mayor of London. Retrieved 17 January 2009. Cite journal requires
- Barber, Brendan (14 January 2009). "What about jobs at Heathrow?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
- "Green Party backs RSPB call to scrap suggestion of Thames Estuary airport". greenparty.org.uk. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
- "Plans to Fund Thames Estuary Airport Cancelled". Airport International. 1 August 2012.
- "£4.5bn proposal for High-Speed Rail extension". Arup. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
- "Theresa Villiers: Serious about Going Green". Conservative Party. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
- House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (13 May 2008). "Environmental Audit: Fifth Report". Retrieved 17 January 2009. Cite journal requires
- BBC NEWS Q&A: A third runway at Heathrow
- Heathrow expansion - London Borough of Hillingdon
- Heathrow expansion - London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
- Stop Heathrow Expansion (campaign group)
- Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN)
- Airports Commission: interim report, 17 December 2013
- Airports Commission: final report, 1 July 2015