This is why Heathrow wants another runway

This is why Heathrow wants another runway (Picture courtesy of Quartz)

Do you know why Heathrow wants another runway? Looks a bit like they need one.

Quartz have done some maths and this is what they came up with.

Heathrow is one of the world's busiest airports and is in the process of petitioning the UK government to expand capacity (and business) with a third runway. 

The authority has offered three location proposals for construction, each with different environmental, budgetary and logistical costs. All of them would give Heathrow at least 48% more capacity.

A three runway airport will serve around 570,000 flights and 100 million passengers in 2030. In 2012, Heathrow served 467,110 flights and 70.3 million passengers, according to airport data. Something’s not quite adding up here is it?

Hitting 97% of their 480,000 flight limit, the third runway would allow the limit to increase to around 700,000 + flights.

But what's the catch? Other than residents having to leave their homes, noise pollution and the other airports, Gatwick and Stansted, getting jealous…yeah that's three catches I guess. What do you think?

Boris has his own plans, of course. We should close it, let all the residents back in and build an entirely new airport.