Heathrow expansion 'cheaper'

A report published today claims replacing Heathrow with a new hub airport would leave passengers, taxpayers, and business worse off.

VIDEO: Heathrow boss 'Cheapest option to build third runway at Heathrow'

A report out today claims that replacing Heathrow with a new hub airport would leave passengers, taxpayers and business worse off. It says a third London airport runway is essential if capacity is to be increased.

The study will be presented as evidence to the Airports Commission and argues against a new airport in the Thames Estuary, Isle of Grain or Stansted.

Earlier we spoke to John Holland-Kay, development Director at Heathrow.

Expansion 'will put Britain ahead in the global race'

Britain already has one of the world's most successful international hub airports in Heathrow. Expanding Heathrow will put Britain ahead in the global race, connecting UK business to growth more quickly and at less cost to the taxpayer than any other option for new capacity. Heathrow is better located for passengers, business and jobs. Why build from scratch at a new hub when we can build on the strength that already exists around Heathrow today?"

– Colin Matthews, CEO of Heathrow

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Expanding Heathrow 'cheaper' than new hub airport

Heathrow bosses say expanding airport would be cheaper Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Heathrow bosses say expanding the airport would be quicker and cheaper than creating a new hub airport. A report out today called 'Best placed for Britain', claims replacing Heathrow would 'leave passengers, taxpayers, and business worse off'.

It also suggests that Heathrow is better located for passengers, business and jobs than a new hub airport at Stansted or in the Thames Estuary.