Heathrow Airport says it could provide up to 5,000 new jobs as part of a ‘Brexit boost’ if it is granted approval for a third runway.
Airport bosses have outlined plans to run an additional 25,000 flights a year on its existing runways from 2021 if the Airports Commission opts to expand Heathrow.
The proposals, which would be subject to a public consultation, would require the Government to lift the restriction on flight numbers at the airport which is currently capped at 480,000 a year.
Heathrow says an increase in flights would allow it to improve connections to ‘under-served domestic and long haul destinations’.
The proposals include a stricter night-flight regime, with no scheduled arrivals until 5.30am.
An extensive noise insulation scheme would also be brought forward as part of the plans.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow is committed to making Brexit Britain stronger and fairer for everyone, supporting large and small businesses across the community and generating up to 5,000 additional on-airport jobs.
“We will not compromise on our pledges to the local community and will do so while ring-fencing our commitment to meet and exceed the Airports Commission’s environmental conditions.”
The leader of the Royal Borough Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) said the promise of additional jobs was simply masking the ‘flight misery’ that the additional flights would cause residents in the borough.
He said: “I’m all for creating jobs in the UK but all they would really be doing is causing more flight chaos and trying to mask it with additional jobs.
“It will create more flight misery and shows the ability of Heathrow to blight the lives of our residents.
“It’s got nothing to do with Brexit, it’s all to do with greed.”
Heathrow bosses say the flight expansion could boost the UK economy by £1.5 billion in the first five years of Britain's new era outside of the European Union.
The leader of Slough Borough Council (SBC) Cllr Sohail Munawar (Lab, Elliman) said: “An estimated 18,000 of our residents rely on Heathrow for a job, and our proximity to the airport is one of the main reasons why business thrives in Slough.
“So we welcome Heathrow’s commitment to providing more job opportunities for local people, particularly at a time when Brexit is causing so much uncertainty.”
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