Heathrow has denied that it is shelving plans for a third runway as passenger numbers continue to swell.

Europe’s busiest airport has pushed back against reports that chief executive Thomas Woldbye wanted to scrap the expansion and was in the process of disbanding the team in charge of it.

In a statement last night, Heathrow said the claims, which were first reported by The Sunday Times, were ‘wrong’ and ‘not reflective’ of its strategy. 

Expansion plans: More than 79m passengers flew through Heathrow's terminals in 2023 – up 29 per cent on 2022

Expansion plans: More than 79m passengers flew through Heathrow's terminals in 2023 – up 29 per cent on 2022

Expansion plans: More than 79m passengers flew through Heathrow’s terminals in 2023 – up 29 per cent on 2022

‘Of course we’re looking at how we can optimise the current airport to achieve short-term growth within our current infrastructure,’ a Heathrow spokesman said. 

‘Longer term, we’re reviewing our plans to make sure the airport has the capacity to drive more global connectivity for the UK economy.’

More than 79m passengers flew through its terminals in 2023 – up 29 per cent on 2022.

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