Response to the Airports Commission

Slough Borough Council announced its support for expansion at Heathrow, favouring Heathrow Airport Limited’s North West runway on 3 February 2015.

The council submitted the follow response to the Airports Commission consultation:

Economic impact of Heathrow

Since September 2012 the UK Airports Commission (known as the Davies Commission) has been looking at whether the UK needs more airport capacity.

In October 2013, the commission concluded additional runways will be needed in the south east but has not decided where.

Some options being considered by the commission propose closing Heathrow and moving the airport elsewhere, but the damage this would inflict on the west London economy has not been calculated.

We joined forces with the London Boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing to find out how many jobs in the area rely on Heathrow – and therefore would be at risk if Heathrow were to close, or reduce in size.

The reports produced will highlight this issue to the UK Airports Commission.