Heathrow Hub

Plans for the Heathrow Expansion:

130 million passengers per year capacity, 740,000 flight movements capacity, recommendation for a new Heathrow north-west runwayThe new Heathrow runway will be the first full length runway to be built in the south east of England since World War II.

Heathrow Today

  • 2 runways (Northern – 3,902m x 50m; Southern – 3,658m x 50m)
  • 80 million passengers a year (2018)
  • Over 200 destinations served – over 80 are long haul
  • 84 countries connected to Heathrow
  • 473,000 flight movements a year (2016) – an average of 1,300 a day
  • 98% capacity – Flight movements at Heathrow are capped at 480,000/year
  • 1.5 million metric tonnes of cargo travel through the airport each year
  • 70 years 75% of long haul flights come from the UK
  • Old – Heathrow opened in 1946 and was originally known as London Airport
  • 30% (by value) of the UK’s exports beyond the EU and Switzerland travel through Heathrow each year
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Although, there is not the capacity to build the new runway at Heathrow rather this will be serviced through 4 Heathrow Hubs throughout the UK.

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Heathrow will be the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large scale use of Logistics Hubs – aiming to build as much of the project off site as possible John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow

The Graham Group alongside Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and other key partners, have the potential to become a regional logistic hubs for the off-site construction of Heathrow Airport’s third runway. The identified location is the Michelin site, Ballymena. The winning hub will benefit from the overall creation of 5,000 jobs and £5bn worth of economic benefits from the expansion, and will be one of four regional locations chosen in the UK. The chosen hub will pre-assemble components for the runway before they are transported to the airport, which created the competition to ensure the investment would be spread outside of London.

The £16 billion Heathrow expansion will be the first major infrastructure project to use off-site construction centres.

Up to £5bm in economoic benefits, creation of up tp 5000 new jobs and new and increased connections to Heathrow are expected to be operated by new carriers including Flybe and Easyjet

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