The coalition government had ruled out third runway, but the proposal just would not go away. Today, airport bosses argue the case.
Passengers using Heathrow face a rise in ticket prices under £3 billion investment plans proposed today by bosses of the airport.
Heathrow bosses will this week announce multi-billion pound investment plans for the airport.
New runways must be built, that is the message tonight from the man in charge of airport expansion. Sir Howard Davies said developing Heathrow or Gatwick, and a new airport in the Thames Estuary, is firmly on the agenda.
Campaigners living beneath the flightpath say extra planes and more flights will be unbearable and nothing short of an environmental disaster. The final decision will be made at the end of the year. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
Following plans to extend Gatwick and Heathrow at the Airport Commission discussion today, we asked residents in Ifield, near Crawley if they thought the plans for a new run way would affect them. Here is what they thought.
Airport campaigners hoping the Governments Aviation Commission would rule out expanding Gatwick, Heathrow or building a new airport in the Thames Estuary have been left disappointed.
Sir Howard Davies has told them at a gathering of campaigners and airport bosses new runways were needed.
Campaigners say this leaves hundreds of thousands of people living around airports blighted.
More runways in the South East must be built if gridlock in our skies is to be avoided, according to the man heading a Government review.
Today, it was confirmed the expansion of Heathrow and Gatwick and a new airport in the Thames Estuary were firmly on the agenda.
Critics gave a furious response saying more runways would be an environmental disaster.
Sir Howard Davies, who is heading the Governments Commission on the future of airports, was giving an update on his policy a year after it was launched.
Discussions about the future of the Souths airports has been getting underway today, with Sir Howard Davies saying that new, additional runways will be needed in the coming decades.
– Sir Howard Davies, Chairman of the Airports Commission
Our provisional conclusion is that we will need some net additional runway capacity in the South East of England in the coming decades. To rely only on runways currently in operation would be likely to produce a distinctly sub-optimal solution for passengers, connectivity and the economy and would also almost certainly not be the best solution in terms of minimising the overall carbon impact of flights and travel to and from airports.
The man looking at the future of airport expansion in the South is answering questions on the issue today.
Chairman of the Airport Commission, Sir Howard Davies, is looking at whether Gatwick should have a second runway, Heathrow a third or whether a new airport should be built in the Thames estuary.
The event is the first public discussion of the Commission's thoughts since its launch in November 2012.
Up to 150,000 new jobs will be created in the region if Heathrow gets a third runway, the airport claimed today. It put forward three separate locations to the Government's airport commission insisting it was in the best interest of the nation.
But around the airport it's left thousands worried about their homes and the noise. Campaigners say they will fight it tooth and nail. Here's our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.
He speaks to nearby residents, Colin Matthews of Heathrow Airport and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Heathrow's computer generated video of the options for the 3rd runway.
Heathrow airport bosses said a third runway is essential for Britain and have claimed the project could provide the UK with benefits worth £100 billion.
- Each of the three options would allow Heathrow to move from 480,000 flights a year to 740,000.
- There would need to be a sixth terminal at the airport and a new runway would be able to handle 130 million passengers a year, up from 70 million.
- Heathrow bosses do no think there would be a need for a fourth runway until 2040.
- A third runway would provide benefits to the UK worth £100 billion, according to the airport's bosses.
- It would also safeguard 114,000 existing jobs and create 70,000 to 150,000 new ones.
The three runway options, according to the Heathrow plan are:
NORTH WEST - £17 billion - completed by 2026 - affect Harmondsworth and Longford
A 3,500 metre-long runway to the north west of the airport with passengers accessing it from a new Terminal 6 and an extended Terminal 2.
The building of the runway would affect the villages of Harmondsworth and Longford with 950 properties facing demolition.
Part of the M25 would have to be put in a tunnel. The runway would cost £17 billion and could be completed by 2026.
SOUTH WEST - £18 billion - completed 2029 - affect Stanwell Moor
A 3,500 metre-long runway covering an area of reservoirs and needing the compulsory purchase of properties in Stanwell Moor and 850 possible demolitions. Passengers would access via T6 and an extended T2.
The construction would be complex and challenging and would take longer and be more expensive than the other options. It could be ready by 2029 at a cost of £18 billion.
NORTH - £14 billion - completed 2025 - affect Sipson, Harlington and Cranford Cross
This would be the quickest and cheapest option but would allow only 700,000 flights a year with a runway only 2,800 metres long. Passengers would access via an extended T5 and extended T2.
A total of 2,700 properties could be demolished, with the villages of Sipson, Harlington and Cranford Cross affected. This runway could be finished by 2025 at a cost of £14 billion.