THE ROLE OF BRITAIN’S HUB AIRPORT IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Heathrow is Britain’s only international hub airport. It serves 82 long haul destinations around the world, and these are only financially viable because of Heathrow’s success as a hub airport, which allows airlines to supplement domestic demand by also serving transfer passengers.
However, the permitted capacity at Heathrow is fully utilised. This report shows that a major consequence of this is that Britain is missing out on links to Emerging Markets that would help businesses grow – and this economic underperformance of the UK is set to worsen.
This report has been commissioned against the backdrop of the Government’s sustainable aviation scoping paper. It examines Heathrow’s role as an international hub and its contribution to the UK economy and UK trade. It then examines how that might change in future, and the impact on the British economy if Heathrow fails to maintain its pre-eminent position in Europe in terms of international connectivity.