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Heathrow Airport

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of passengers forecast to use (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick Airports in (i) 2010, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2030 are forecast to be in transit between an international flight and (A) a domestic and (B) another international flight. (195975)

[holding answer 20 March 2008]: The latest DfT aviation forecasting methodology and results were reported in ‘UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts’ (2007), available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/environmentalissues/ukairdemandandco2forecasts/.

The following table shows the forecasts for total and transfer passenger travel through Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Forecast UK terminal passengers (million passengers per annum, mppa) and transfer shares of total

Transfer passengers mppa

Transfer passengers (percentage)

Total passengers mppa

Domestic to/from international

International to international

Domestic to/from international

International to international

Heathrow

2010

74

6

23

7

31

2020

94

4

25

4

27

2030

136

4

36

3

27

Gatwick

2010

36

1

3

3

8

2020

38

1

3

2

8

2030

41

1

2

1

6

Note:

DfT forecasts of demand at each airport depend on capacity assumptions at all UK airports. These forecasts assume the central ‘White Paper’ case, including an extra runway and associated terminal capacity at both Stansted and Heathrow.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings she or her Ministers have had with (a) local authority leaders and (b) residents’ groups to discuss (i) Heathrow Airport expansion and (ii) the rehousing of potentially displaced people; and on what dates. (200200)

Ministers held several meetings with local authorities and residents’ groups both in the run up to and during the “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” consultation. I met with local authority leaders on 29 October 2007 and 16 January 2008 to discuss issues related to the potential expansion of Heathrow airport. This included the impacts of the proposals on those living near the airport but did not specifically address rehousing of displaced people.

My predecessor met with the Longford Residents’ Association on 16 January 2006—with the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell)—and I have since met with residents’ groups on the following occasions to discuss development at the airport:

21 November 2007: No Third Runway Action Group, Harmonsworth and Sipson Residents’ Association and Stanwell Moor Residents’ Association;

30 January 2008: Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee meeting (includes Ealing Aircraft Noise Action Group) and

21 February 2008: Battersea residents—with the hon. Member for Battersea (Martin Linton).

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the (a) number of new homes required to house people displaced by a potential third runway at Heathrow Airport and (b) the likely costs of such homes. (200201)

The “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” consultation closed on 27 February. This stated that a third runway at Heathrow would require additional land, with loss of around 700 properties. If, following this consultation, policy approval is given for a third runway, BAA as the airport operator would be responsible for obtaining the necessary planning approvals, purchasing the additional land and compensating home owners. BAA has estimated that this would cost around £2 billion.