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Heathrow Expansion Information

After many years of debate and uncertainty as to which airport was going to get the green light from the UK government, it was announced on the 25th of October 2016 that Heathrow is the governments choice for expansion.

Creating a third runway at Heathrow is expected to almost double the amount of passengers that Heathrow deals with each year from around 72 million to 130 million by 2040, whilst the number of flights will also see a huge increase, from around 470,000 per year to 740,000 per year.

Key dates for the expansion of Heathrow*

*The dates above are subject to change.

Heathrow expansion

Changes at the airport

The introduction of a third runway at Heathrow will mean that a sixth terminal is built, as well as increasing the size of Terminal 2 in order to facilitate the increase in passenger numbers. Heathrow Airport will then be split up into two sections, 'Heathrow East' (a bigger, more modern Terminal 2) and 'Heathrow West' (Terminals 5 and 6), both of which are to be connected by an underground transit system. More commercial developments such as offices and hotels will also be built nearby 'Heathrow West'.

Transport improvements

Possible future long haul and short haul destinations

Its estimated that passengers will have access to 40 new direct long haul destinations once the third runway has been created:

Possible future long haul destinations

ContinentCitiesAverage flight time
AfricaDakar, Port Harcourt, Khartoum, Mombasa, Lilongwe, Harare, Durban8 hours 11 minutes
North AmericaPortland, Salt Lake City, San Jose, San Antonio, Panama City10 hours 12 minutes
South AmericaCaracas, Bogot√°, Quito, Lima, Santiago, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte11 hours 45 minutes
AsiaBaghdad, Dammam, Peshewar, Goa, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Chongqing, Hanoi, Wuhan, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Nagoya, Osaka, Ho Chi Minh City, Penang, Jakarta, Denpasar-Bali10 hours 32 minutes
Oceania (Australia)Perth, Brisbane19 hours 15 minutes

New short haul destinations will also become available as a result of the third runway, as well as increasing airline competition for many other short haul routes.

Possible future short haul destinations

UK routes (Including Channel Islands)European routesNon European routes
Isle Of Man, Inverness, Dundee, Prestwick, Carlisle, Durham Tees, Liverpool, Humberside, Doncaster, Norwich, Londonderry, Jersey, GuernseyAlmeria, Bordeaux, Crete, Innsbruck, Lanzarote, Montpellier, Nantes, Naples, Paphos, Seville, Tenerife, Thessaloniki, Valencia, VeronaMarrakesh, Sharm El-Sheikh