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As Heathrow prepares the final airport expansion masterplan, it is inviting proposals from UK businesses and leaders that will help the airport maximise the benefits for the consumer, minimise impacts for local people and ensure the most innovative methods and technology are utilised as construction begins.

Heathrow is the world’s busiest two-runway airport and the UK’s only hub airport. Welcoming over 78 million passengers each year, it connects the UK with overseas markets and enables business travellers to reach customers in countries around the world. It supports trade, attracts foreign investment and brings visitors to the country’s shores. Heathrow provides the UK with global connectivity but it faces a big problem as the runways and cargo sheds are full.

This is why the airport needs to grow and expansion at Heathrow will link Britain to the rest of the world by creating one of the best connected and environmentally responsible hub airports globally. The proposals put the airport’s neighbours at the heart of future plans and processes. Those are the areas of focus and are non-negotiable.

The opportunities for those involved in the project are huge. The expansion will near double annual passenger capacity to 130m, double cargo capabilities at the airport, create tens of thousands of new jobs nationwide and generate tens of billions of pounds worth of economic benefits for Britain. Working in partnership with the best partners that share Heathrow’s visions and values, the expansion project will be delivered and built.

As Heathrow prepares the final airport expansion masterplan, it is inviting proposals from UK businesses and leaders that will help the airport maximise the benefits for the consumer, minimise impacts for local people and ensure the most innovative methods and technology are utilised as construction begins.

The objective behind this invite is simple: Heathrow is going the additional mile to ensure their ideas and ways of thinking can be challenged by the best. Those with leading edge and innovative ideas may see themselves as being the next Innovation Partner of Heathrow, helping to build Britain’s future. Their input will be taken forward as part of Europe’s biggest privately funded infrastructure project and Britain’s most critical job to deliver.

Potential Innovation Partners are invited to lodge an Expression of Interest, detailing their demonstrable capabilities, knowledge and commitment to implement their suggested proposals with Heathrow. Ideas need to be anchored around improving customer service, driving cost efficiencies, growing commercial revenues and delivering sustainability targets. Ensuring no stone is left unturned, ideas must meet the commitments already made by Heathrow to local communities, economies and environment and also meet those outlined in the government’s draft airport national policy statement.

This process will sit in parallel with existing procurement projects including choosing the location of Heathrow’s four Logistics Hubs. For all the detail and eligibility criteria, partners of the future are asked to visit www.heathrowexpansion.com/uk-growth-opportunities/expansion-programme-innovation-partners/

With the project set to be voted on in Parliament imminently, confidence is high around its success and support. For those wanting to help shape the airport’s, and Britain’s future, now is the best time to step up and be counted. 

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