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Heathrow Airport

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Statement of 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 358, on transport infrastructure, when he plans to lift the cap of 125,000 on the number of additional flights permitted at Heathrow Airport. (250701)

We have made it clear that our support for a third runway is subject to an aggregate limit of 605,000 annual movements, to be reviewed in 2020. That review will take account of a number of factors, as set out in the “Adding Capacity at Heathrow—Decisions following consultation” document which can be found on the Department’s website. It follows that, until that review, it is not possible to anticipate whether of not the cap might be lifted or the timing of any decision to lift the cap, subject to planning approval.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which models of plane will qualify to use the green landing slots at Heathrow Airport. (252658)

As stated in the document “Adding Capacity at Heathrow - Decisions Following Consultation” the Department intends to consult on the green slots approach to additional capacity at Heathrow. Details of how ‘green slots’ will work will be developed in the consultation process which is expected to begin later in 2009. It is the Government’s intention that green slots will incentivise the use of the most modern aircraft available at the time.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of additional passengers using Heathrow Airport each year which would result from an increase of 125,000 in the number of flight movements from the airport each year. (252659)

The “UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts 2009”, page 131, shows the forecast passenger demand for Heathrow under several scenarios, including a third runway with an additional 125,000 air transport movements (ATMs) per year. This is available at the following link:

The number of additional passengers in 2030, compared to a base case of no third runway at Heathrow and Stansted second runway in 2015, is 28 million.

Forecasts of additional passengers from the opening of a third runway in 2015 up to 2030 are detailed in the following table.

Additional passengers (Million)










This assumes that Stansted second runway (2015 opening) in the base case.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence on Heathrow expansion (i) he, (ii) other Ministers in his Department and (iii) officials in his Department, have had in an official capacity with representatives from (A) BAA, (B) trades unions, (C) airlines using Heathrow, (D) other corporate bodies and (E) residents from communities affected by Heathrow expansion, since 3 October 2008; when each meeting took place; who attended each meeting; and what the subject of each meeting was. (252709)

[holding answer 29 January 2009]: Since October 2008, Ministers and officials have not met BAA, trade unions, airlines using Heathrow, corporate stakeholders or residents around Heathrow to discuss Heathrow airport development issues.

The Department has received a high number of letters about Heathrow airport from local residents during this period and two from the Chief Executive of BAA. The first one on 28 November 2008 concerned the monitoring of the environmental impacts of expansion of Heathrow airport, the second one, dated 16 January 2009, related to the Secretary of State’s decisions on Heathrow which he announced to Parliament on 15 January 2009.