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May 11, 2016

Heathrow Airport commits to meeting conditions for its expansion

London Heathrow Airport has pledged to meet conditions set out by the Airports Commission for its expansion plans.

By Lopamudra Roy

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London Heathrow Airport has pledged to meet conditions set out by the Airports Commission for its expansion plans.

After a three-year study costing £20m, the commission unanimously recommended the expansion of Heathrow in July 2015.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye wrote to UK Prime Minister David Cameron stating that the expansion would boost economic growth and have positive impacts on the environment.

Holland-Kaye said: "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.

"Expanding Heathrow can help Britain win thousands more jobs and ensure that future generations have the same economic opportunity that we have enjoyed."

As part of the expansion plan, the airport has agreed to ban its nighttime flights from 11pm to 5:30am when the third runway opens to reduce noise and pollution.

"Expanding Heathrow can help Britain win thousands more jobs and ensure that future generations have the same economic opportunity that we have enjoyed."

The UK Environment Agency will monitor the measures adopted by Heathrow to adhere to air quality rules during the expansion.

The airport will also have to establish an Education and Skills Taskforce to create future employees for UK infrastructure projects.

Heathrow has agreed to spend more than £1bn on compensation for local communities immediately after its planning consent is granted.

In addition, the airport will establish a Community Engagement Board and an independent aviation noise authority.

Heathrow has chosen four UK-based architects for the expansion, including Grimshaw, HOK, Zaha Hadid and Benoy.


Image: Heathrow has agreed to meet all conditions set out by the Airports Commission for the airport expansion. Photo: courtesy of Heathrow Media Centre.

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