It is often said Heathrow is at capacity, but three proposals submitted by Richmond Heathrow Campaign to the Airports Commission suggest Heathrow could double its passengers without a 3rd runway or mixed mode.
1. Better use of daytime runway slots
A more even distribution of Heathrow flights across each hour of the day could improve resilience and provide headroom to eliminate night flights.
2. Better use of plane capacity
Increasing the seating capacity of the air fleet using Heathrow would facilitate full use of Heathrow’s terminal capacity of 90 million passengers a year (current use is around 70 million). At the Heathrow Terminal Five Public Inquiry it was expected that by 2016 the average number of passengers per flight would be 187, but in 2012 it averaged only 149 passengers.
3. Better serving London and the South East
Reversing the growth in international transfers (currently around 20 million passengers a year connect at Heathrow between overseas destinations) could free up capacity for replacement by a growing number of terminating passengers on international flights (currently around 45 million) and free up runway capacity for additional destinations. International transfers overall are harming rather than benefiting Heathrow and incur no air passenger duty.
These proposals could be achieved by reducing market imperfections and regulatory disincentives such as in the use of runway slots and absence of air passenger duty on international transfers, and in the case of night flights by introducing a ban.
These proposals mean that:
These proposals are:
To see our detailed submissions please visit our Davies Commission Responses page.