Heathrow airport has launched the next phase of its planning stage with the start of its Airspace and Future Operations public consultation, which will run for the next eight weeks.

The major airport is asking local communities to weigh in on how it will develop for the future as it prepares to begin building a third runway, which received approval from Parliament in June.

Open until 4 March, the consultation is seeking feedback on a number of considerations for how the airport will grow, including:

  • Local factors the airport should consider in designing future flight paths
  • Changes to the airspace to allow Heathrow to make better use of its existing two runways
  • How the airport will manage three runways in terms of noise, ‘respite’ through runway and airspace alternation, directional preference and night flights.

Over the next eight weeks, Heathrow will hold 30 consultation events across boroughs surrounding the airport, where the public can ask questions and provide feedback.

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s executive director for expansion, said: “Heathrow’s aim is to design a sustainable, fair and more efficient future airport while connecting the UK to global growth. It is crucial that our plans maximise the benefits of expansion across the country, including for the communities closest to us – and working in partnership with our neighbours is just one way of ensuring they do so. We are committed to delivering expansion responsibly, and we encourage everyone to have their say and take part.”


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