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Heathrow focuses on the economy


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Heathrow has just released the latest in a series of sustainability briefings 'Towards a sustainable Heathrow'.  'A focus on the economy' provides an insight into the local and national economic benefits that Heathrow supports through facilitating business travel, trade and inward investment.  The briefing also outlines the social benefits that air travel enables.

As the UK's only hub airport, Heathrow has committed to enhancing the economic impact that it provides, while minimising the negative impacts of airport operations on local communities and the environment.

The briefing highlights the key economic benefits of Heathrow, including:

  Heathrow serves direct air connections to 28 of the world's top 29 destinations.  Without Heathrow, the UK would have direct access to only 10 of these.

  Heathrow offers twice as many seats to the world's top 29 economic destinations than other European hub airports.

  Heathrow is the UK's most important trading port, handling 1/3 of the value of the UK's trade to non-EU countries.

  Tourists arriving in the UK via Heathrow spend over £6 billion in the UK economy, 1/3 of the total tourism spend.

  Since 1997, Heathrow's 'Meet the Buyer' programme has enable local businesses to win £90 million worth of business with companies based at Heathrow.

Heathrow's series of sustainability briefings 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' provide regular insights into how Heathrow works with airport companies and other partners to manage sustainability performance.  Other briefings in the series include a focus on climate change, air quality, noise, and employment, training & skills.  Future briefings planned for 2011 include a focus on waste, water and safety.

Towards a Sustainable Heathrow briefings are available at

To provide feedback or request further information, contact Iain Groark, Head of Sustainability, at

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