Heathrow Expansion

Air Freight to long-haul destinations is carried in cargo hold of passenger aircraft flying in and out of Heathrow Airport.

Friday 06 April 2018

Air Freight to long-haul destinations is carried in cargo hold of passenger aircrafts flying in and out of Heathrow Airport. Air Freight has stalled in the UK for many years due to limited capacity. The third runway will unlock demand and enable more long-distance trade with more trading partners, a crucial requirement in light of Brexit.

FTA is campaigning for:

  • a third runway at Heathrow
  • protection of early-morning arrivals into Heathrow, which carry crucial cargo items required for the same working day

The decision to increase capacity at Heathrow is the right choice for the UK economy, the freight industry and the nation. FTA has forged a detailed campaign highlighting the vital importance of air freight to the UK economy and why a decision backing the Airports Commission's recommendation for a third runway is essential for UK importers and exporters who rely on the expansion of Heathrow. About 40% of UK imports and exports by value are dependent on air freight and the wide range of services provided by Heathrow to access our overseas markets.

Find out more

FTA Air Freight Policy
Air Freight Working Group

Heathrow Third Runway: FTA response

Contact Alex Veitch, Head of Global Policy at FTA