Heathrow is one of the UK’s most important economic assets. It is the busiest international airport in the world and plays a unique role as the UK’s only hub airport.
Heathrow’s route network stretches around the planet, with 90 airlines serving 180 destinations. Two-thirds of all long-haul flights in the UK depart from Heathrow and seven out of the top ten business routes in the world have Heathrow at one end. It acts as the UK’s gateway to the global economy and gives businesses access to markets and customers around the world.
Business passengers know that they can go where they need to in the world, when they need to, directly from Heathrow. They do not have to spend time and money going elsewhere first. In today’s globalised economy, the UK has to complete not just on producing high-value, highly skilled products and people, but also on the ability to get them to where they need to be – particularly to the emerging markets of India and China
As the UK’s only hub airport, only Heathrow can offer so many direct flights to so many global destinations. It is Britain’s gateway to the world.
Find out more about why a hub airport is important to the UK economy.
Download British Chamber of Commerce 'Economic Benefits of Hub Airports'.