Simple Flying - Jake Hardiman

Nearly 15 years have followed since the opening of the initial consultation period. During this time, Heathrow’s proposed third runway has remained one of the country’s most fiercely debated infrastructure projects.

As if the airport didn’t have enough obstacles to overcome, last year also saw coronavirus hit commercial aviation. The global health crisis and its restrictions have stifled demand, minimizing revenue opportunities for already struggling carriers. The coronavirus pandemic has also impacted Heathrow’s expansion plans, even causing its CEO, John Holland-Kaye, to consider the necessity of the project altogether. Mr Holland-Kaye’s estimation of “10 to 15 years” suggests that the early 2030s might be a reasonable time to expect the third runway to here