Heathrow Airport is finally set to see a third runway, with the British Government today announcing approval for the expansion.
The airport's proposed will see construction of the additional runway and a new Terminal 6 to the northwest of the existing airport perimeter at a cost of A$28.25bn (£17.6bn), opening around 2025.
It's expected to boosting capacity by hundreds of thousands of flights each year, and comes as the airport hovers at 99% capacity.
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An ambitous £16 billion (A$28bn) expansion plan – including a third runway and new terminals – could change all that.
Heathrow Airport's multi-billion makeover would see the construction of a new Central Terminal Area (shown below), which would be flanked by new Heathrow East and Heathrow West terminal precincts.
The Central Terminal Area would serve as the airport’s front door, with easy access to public transport, hotels and a business park.
Terminal 2 would be expanded into the footprint of the old Terminal 1 to form the Heathrow East mega-terminal, with Terminal 3 making way for a new airport hotel and “passenger and business facilities”.
Heathrow West would be comprised of Terminal 5 and the forthcoming Terminal 6 (below).
An underground transit network would connect all three zones, with a series of satellite terminals located between the East and West terminals in a “toast rack” formation.
Lobbying has intensified for approval of a third runway at the iconic airport ahead of a decision next month by UK Prime Minister Theresa May whether to expand Heathrow or rival Gatwick.
That additional runway for Heathrow is costed at a further £17.6 billion (A$30.8bn).