Heathrow to squeeze in another 60,000 flights

Stat of the day: 60,000. That's how many extra flights could be squeezed out of Heathrow airport without building a third runway, under new proposals from chancellor George Osborne.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

The debate about whether or not to expand Heathrow airport has been raging on for years now, with many concerned that Britain will fall behind if it doesn’t build a third runway. But new proposals allowing the airport to use both existing runways for arrivals and departures, instead of just one-way traffic on each, could make room for 60,000 more flights per year. 

Whilst carriers will no doubt welcome the extras flights, the figure is nowhere near the 240,000 extra flights per year that the aviation industry is lobbying for. They say that the UK is already losing out to massive airports in France and Germany, which are beginning to snag some of the traffic that would usually go through London. 

It’s safe to say that the future of Heathrow is up in the air, but if it doesn’t decide quickly, it’s status as the premier European airport could evaporate quicker than hot kerosene…

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