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Introduction to the consultation

In October 2016, the Government announced that a northwest runway at Heathrow is its preferred scheme for the expansion of airport capacity in the South East.

Since then, we have been working hard to evolve the plans submitted to the Airports Commission. From 17th January – 28th March 2018 we will be looking for views on these emerging proposals and options as part of a 10 week public consultation.

There are two parts to our consultation:

  • The first relates to the physical changes on the ground needed to build a new north-west runway and operate an expanded airport.  The main Consultation booklet for this consultation can be found here.
  • The second relates to potential principles we could apply when designing the new airspace required for an expanded airport. At this early stage, we are not consulting on future flight path options. The main Consultation booklet for this consultation can be found here.

This consultation is your opportunity to share your feedback on the physical options for how we expand and the potential principles we could use when designing the new airspace required for an expand airport.

Your feedback will then inform a second consultation on expansion and airspace expected to take place next year where we again ask for your views before finalising our expansion proposals. We look forward to hearing from you.