Heathrow press releases

31 October, 2016

Business and union leaders join forces to back third runway through to delivery

Heathrow Expansion Supporters


  • British industry and unions make an unprecedented joint pledge to back third runway through to delivery
  • Government backing for Heathrow triggers immediate £50m of supply chain investment before the end of 2017, creating up to 2,700 new British jobs
  • Contracts worth £460m will be issued before construction begins in 2021
  • 95% of Heathrow’s procurement spend will be with the British supply chain, 60% outside London


Just days after the Government decided Heathrow will expand, union and business leaders have taken the unprecedented step to pledge their ongoing support for Heathrow expansion throughout the entire planning process and through to delivery.

Worker and industry representatives met this morning at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 in an historic move to commit their organisations to working with Government to deliver Britain’s new runway, pledging:


“The Government has made an important decision for all of the United Kingdom. Expanding Heathrow sends a clear signal to the world that we are open for business. Over the next ten years this project will create thousands of decent jobs and apprenticeships throughout a majority-British supply chain. It will leave behind a skills legacy in every part of the country. It will support great UK-based industries, including steel, manufacturing and engineering. It will open up new routes and connect all regions of the UK, enabling businesses of all sizes, and across Britain, to compete for global trade – even before the new runway is built. And their success will support jobs and investment today while creating thousands more over the years ahead.

 “The Government has set out a clear process to deliver an expanded Heathrow. What matters now is that we all work with Government to deliver expansion which is fair and affordable, while delivering for all of Britain. That’s why, today, we are pledging our commitment to work with Government to develop those plans and ensure Britain begins to reap the benefits of expansion before the end of the decade.”



Brian Strutton, General Secretary, British Airline Pilots Association

Jeffries Briginshaw, CEO, British American Business

Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

Robert Keen, Director General, British International Freight Association

John Park, Assistant General Secretary, Community

Paul Drechsler, President, Confederation of British Industry

Terry Scuoler, CEO, EEF – the Manufacturers’ Organisation

Craig Beaumont, Head of Public Affairs & EU, Federation of Small Businesses

Stephen Fry, CEO, Hounslow Chamber

Will Higham, Director, Let Britain Fly

Oliver Richardson, National Officer, Unite

Gail Cartmail, TUC General Council and Executive Committee & Assistant General Secretary, Unite


Heathrow has already started the process to begin pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into the British supply chain as it starts work on the largest privately-funded infrastructure project in Europe. This weekend, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye announced that Government backing for Heathrow triggers an immediate £50m of supply chain investment before the end of 2017 which will create 2,700 new British jobs. He also outlined how Heathrow would look to issue contracts worth £460m before construction begins in 2021, with 95% of the project’s overall procurement spend going to the British supply chain.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“The decision to expand Heathrow is a momentous turning point for our country, underlined by the unprecedented level of commitment from British workers and industry.  

“This weekend Heathrow started the process of pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into the British supply chain to build an airport that is fair, affordable and secures the benefits of expansion for the whole of the UK. Over the coming years, I look forward to working with our new partners to create thousands of decent jobs across the UK as together we deliver Britain’s new runway.”