Heathrow not happy to settle on just three runways

Business travel into London could increasingly come through Heathrow if new plans for a fourth runway are agreed.

Despite currently being in the process of fighting to be allowed a third runway, Heathrow developers have made clear their plans to eventually take the total number to four and make the airport a global “super hub”, londonlovesbusiness.com reports.

Heathrow has already had to dodge controversy surrounding its plans for a third runway, but has now said it will wait until the next election to broaden its scope even further still. In the meantime, however, Heathrow has put its notion forward to a new commission, chaired by Howard Davies, investigating the UK’s aviation capacity.

Whilst any real-world changes would not be expected to be seen for many years yet, the results could see more business flights heading to Heathrow and could even heighten the allure of corporate venues in London for international businesses.

A group spokesperson from Heathrow Airport Holdings explained to ft.com of the proposals: “We have seen the outline proposals from the Free Enterprise Group and Policy Exchange for a four-runway airport at or near Heathrow.

“We don’t endorse either proposal but we do believe that the Davies commission should consider any option for a single airport capable of handling the UK’s future hub capacity needs.”