London's Heathrow Airport pledges economic growth in expansion manifesto

Heathrow chairman Lord Paul Deighton yesterday pledged to secure the economic future of families across all of UK if the airport was allowed to expand.

Pointing out the importance of a decision for the economy of the North West, Deighton unveiled an 'election-style' manifesto last morning at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and highlighted that a Heathrow runway expansion would be the right choice to benefit every part of the North West.  North West England consists of the five counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

The manifesto builds on five core pledges to secure a brighter future for the North West and reflected what the government would gain if it chose to expand the only hub in the UK.

The pledges are:

  • Help growth of the UK economy, creating up to 15,000 new jobs across the North West
  • Connect local businesses with up to 40 more long haul destinations across the globe
  • Compliance with stringent environmental and noise limits, enforced by new independent regulators
  • Improved connectivity with Liverpool, with plans for a domestic air connection

The Airports Commission had considered the case for expansion by both Heathrow and Gatwick and unanimously decided that Heathrow's expansion was the best choice for the whole of UK.

The manifesto also pledged to enhance air, bus and rail connections across the country, and secure a legacy for future generations.

Heathrow chief executive officer John Holland-Kaye said, "If Heathrow falls behind, Britain falls behind. That means fewer jobs and less security for families. That is why we must have runway capacity that is fit for the future and build it now.

"We all want our children to inherit a country that is stronger and can compete in the world.

"Economic security, opportunity for people in every part of Britain, outward looking abroad but fair to our neighbours at home - that is the promise of our manifesto."

According to the prime minister's Airports Commission, the construction of a third runway at Heathrow would increase the country's economy by up to £211  billion.