The new fly through – “It’s time for Heathrow” – shows how a new runway is just part of Heathrow’s plans to transform the UK’s hub airport and build on its world-class facilities.
“Heathrow West” will be created by combining Terminal 5 with a new Terminal 6 west. A series of satellite terminals are planned between East and West to create an efficient “toast rack” formation. This will make aircraft movements around the airport easier and provide more operational resilience.
To the north-west, the new runway will help increase Heathrow’s capacity to 740,000 flight movements – enough to compete with Paris Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Madrid.
I really appreciated the vision and detail included in the video – there has been so much conjecture from both sides of the expansion debate, that its good to finally get an idea of how this might work should it go ahead.
Fo those who regularly travel through Heathrow with BA, the plans for the new Terminal 6 adjacent to the existing Terminal 5 buildings are extremely interesting, as are the transport options for faster connections to the other terminals.
Do check out the video, as well as the write up. I’m personally very much in favour of expanding Heathrow – having given the options careful consideration, I have no doubt that it is a better solution for the needs of 21st century Britain than either expanding Gatwick or building new airport east of London.