As Britain's busiest and only hub airport, Heathrow is the country's front door to businesses and investors from all over the world. Currently, the airport is operating at 98% capacity and according to Heathrow Airport Limited, expanding the airport will enable the UK secure an economic future in the global race for foreign investment, jobs and trade.

Basic facts and figures you need to know before and after the proposed expansion at Heathrow. 

Before the expansion

After the expansion

Operating at 98% capacity with flight movement (ATM) capped at 480,000/year

Increased capacity with world class facilities

Two runways (northern and southern)

Three runways ((northern, southern and north - west )

Five terminals

Further terminal facilities

204 routes to 85 countries

Connections to about 30 new destinations

474,033 flight movements (ATM) per year

740,000 flight movements per year

38.1 million passengers per year

At least 130 million passengers per year

Handles 1.70 million metric tonnes of cargo

Plans to double its cargo capacity

Total revenue £1.405 million

Up to £187 billion in economic growth

Largest single- site employer with over 70,000 workers within its boundary

Up to 180, 000 new jobs cross the nation and at least 40,000 new jobs during operation

Source: HAL (2017/18)

To find out more visit the Heathrow Expansion website

View the World is Waiting report