Over 100,000 local jobs depend on Heathrow Airport

Heathrow has a huge impact on jobs and businesses in the surrounding area. There are currently 76,500 people directly employed at Heathrow. An additional 38,000 jobs in the area depend on the existence of the airport.

Allowing Heathrow to decline would cost many of these jobs. Like any business that is unable to grow, Heathrow would be forced to cut the number of people employed at the airport to remain competitive. It is this spiral of decline that is worrying for the local economy, meaning fewer employees and less money spent in our shops and businesses.

The majority of local businesses are firmly in favour of expansion at Heathrow. “We’ve been consistent in our support for expansion at Heathrow,” said Frank Wingate, chief executive of West London Business, which represents 800 businesses in the area. “It represents the most sensible solution to the UK’s lack of hub airport capacity – on both transport and cost grounds.”

At the heart of local communities – how our local areas rely on Heathrow

In Slough:

  • 4,100 residents who currently work at Heathrow
  • 3,600 other jobs in related industries located in Slough
  • 324,313 passengers using Heathrow began their journeys in Slough in 2013

In Spelthorne:

  • 3,900 residents who currently work at Heathrow
  • 3,500 other jobs in related industries located in Spelthorne
  • 166,906 passengers using Heathrow began their journey in Spelthorne in 2013

In Ealing:

  • 5,800 residents who currently work at Heathrow
  • 5,100 other jobs in related industries located in Ealing
  • 812,118 passengers using Heathrow began their journey in Ealing in 2013

In Hillingdon:

  • 9,000 residents who currently work at Heathrow
  • 7,950 other jobs in related industries located in Hillingdon
  • 750,383 passengers using Heathrow began their journey in Hillingdon in 2013

In Hounslow: 

  • 10,750 residents who currently work at Heathrow
  • 9,500 other jobs in related industries located in Hounslow
  • 810,660 passengers using Heathrow began their journey in Hounslow

Many of these jobs will be at risk if there is no growth at Heathrow, even if other airports in the UK are expanded. Heathrow is the UK’s only hub airport, and without additional capacity at the hub, airlines will simply use other hub airports in Europe or the Middle East. Without expansion, Heathrow and the UK will lose out, leading to inevitable long-term decline.

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