Adding capacity at Heathrow airport No. 1: Double passenger numbers from 68 to 122 million

February 4, 2008 at 1:44 am | Posted in Adding capacity, Charts, Heathrow, Heathrow airport, Heathrow expansion, My graphics, Passenger numbers, R3, T5, T6, Visual aids, Visual Spatial | Leave a comment

To help explain the significance of proposals for Heathrow expansion, I made a few visual aids for you.

No. 1 Doubling passenger numbers from 67.8 million in 2007 to 122 million per annum (PDF). This capacity increase becomes possible as a result of adding a fifth (T5) and then a sixth (T6) terminal, and a third runway (R3) at Heathrow airport.

Adding capacity at Heathrow airport #1 Doubling passenger numbers from 68 to 122 million

Adding capacity at Heathrow airport No. 1: Double passenger numbers from 68 to 122 million

(BAA has not ruled out a future T7 and R4 at Heathrow airport.)
The figure 122 million passengers is taken from the excerpt on page 44 of Adding capacity at Heathrow airport Consultation Document:

Question 1

Do you agree or disagree with the proposal that a third runway at Heathrow, if built, should be supported by associated passenger terminal facilities? What are your reasons? Are there any significant considerations you believe need to be taken into account? If so, what are they?

Capacity consequences of the proposed runway

3.21 The 2002 consultation document said a shorter 2,000m runway to the north of the existing airport would be used by smaller narrow-body aircraft. This was expected to allow Heathrow to handle up to 116 million passengers a year.

3.22 A 2,200m runway as now proposed would allow the airport eventually to handle up to around 702,000 movements a year, nearly half as many again as today, and around 122 million passengers a year. Even at this level, Heathrow would only be satisfying around 70 per cent of the unconstrained demand forecast for 2030. In practice, the volume of air traffic would be constrained to a level below this in the early years by the need to meet environmental constraints.

However, there is an even larger figure presented later, for future capacity at Heathrow airport …

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