Heathrow expansion - background and timelines

The Independent Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, published its final report in July 2015 into future airport capacity in the UK.

The report concludes that in the long term there is a need for one net additional runway in the south-east by 2030 and a second runway by 2050.  It has also made recommendations for making the best use of existing airport capacity in the short and medium term.

The Commission has recommended to Government the building of a new 3,500 metre runway to the north west of Heathrow.


Heathrow Airport lies immediately to the north of the Borough.  Spelthorne Council supports the expansion of Heathrow Airport for economic reasons.