Heathrow must support more domestic routes by 2030 in order to get permission to build a third runway.
The government will today launch a 16-week consultation on the proposals it must meet in order to get the green light on expansion.
The Department for Transport expects Heathrow to add six domestic routes to its network over the next decade. These include: Belfast, Liverpool, Newquay, Humberside, Prestwick and Durham – bringing the number of internal routes to 16.
Heathrow must also work with airlines on domestic connectivity, provide compensation to communities affected by the expansion, introduce a six and a half hour ban on night flights as well as a number of measures to mitigate the impacts of noise, including legally binding noise targets.
The airport must also honour its commitment of payments for those people whose homes need to be compulsorily purchased to make way for the new runway and to increase the number of airport-users onto public transport.
Last October, government backed a third runway at Heathrow in the long-running saga over expansion. There is a year-long consultation process allowing MPs and the public to voice their concerns. Political heavyweights including Boris Johnson and education secretary Justine Greening are among a number of MPs ready to oppose the decision.