Lord Deightgon, Heathrow’s Chairman, and other Heathrow officials are to appeal for additional take off and landing slots, it has been reported.
The Times has reported that the airport believe it necessary, even with airport expansion, to increase the number of flight movements it is allowed – 480,000 a year.
The move would be to speed up capacity – currently at breaking point in the South East – whilst building works were being carried out, should the airport be granted permission to expand. A decision is rumoured to be made on 18th October over Heathrow or Gatwick approval for expansion.
In the meantime, the airport wants to appeal for its cap on aircraft flight movements to be lifted. This would therefore allow an additional 19,000 take off and landings each year, making a dent in expanding its capacity.