Jobs could go at Heathrow

Campaigners claim that building a big new airport elsewhere would mean closing Heathrow and huge job losses in one stroke. They say it mean Britain’s biggest ever one-day redundancy.

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'Biggest ever UK redundancy' if Heathrow not expanded

An artist's impression of the new Terminal 2 building Credit: ITV News Meridian

The following statement has just appeared on the Back Heathrow website.

Heathrow has a huge impact on jobs and businesses in the surrounding area. There are currently 76,500 people directly employed at Heathrow. An additional 38,000 jobs in the area depend on the existence of the airport.

Building a big new airport elsewhere, such as the suggestions for one on the Isle of Grain or on the Thames, east of London, would mean closing Heathrow and huge job losses in one stroke.

Closing Heathrow would mean Britain’s biggest ever one-day redundancy. There would be more job losses than the MG Rover factory closure at Longbridge in 2005 where 6,500 jobs were lost. Or more than the worst year of the pit closures in 1984 when 30,000 jobs went.