Heathrow has made a fresh bid for a third runway, promising a longer period each night without flights and inviting scrutiny of air quality measures.
The West London airport’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye wrote to prime minister David Cameron setting out a revised expansion plan.
The government-commissioned, Sir Howard Davies-led Airports Commission last summer recommended construction of a third runway at Heathrow to solve an air capacity crisis in the South East.
Holland-Kaye wrote to Cameron this week: “You demanded ambitious plans from my team to deliver expansion with a bold and fair deal for our neighbours.
“Today, I am proud to submit a comprehensive plan that meets and exceeds your demands. This is a big commitment from us, but it is the right choice for the country, local communities and jobs across Britain.
“We have acted now to let you and your government make the right choice, in the long term interest of our country. It will enable you to choose Heathrow and secure a stronger economy and Britain’s place in the world.”
Suggestions made by Heathrow include:
- A government ban on scheduled flights between 11pm and 5.30am – up from just five hours at present
- The Environment Agency to act as independent aviation air quality authority and scrutinise Heathrow’s plan to expand within air quality limits
- Establishing an education and skills taskforce to identify how best to develop the airport’s future workforce and to create a legacy for UK infrastructure projects
Key engineering figures this week said finding a solution to the runway crisis in the South East was a priority for new London mayor Sadiq Khan.