You will prepare and submit a term paper on Should Heathrow or Gatwick be Allowed to Build a Third Runway. Your paper should be a minimum of 1750 words in length. They had added such sentiments regarding the expansion of the Heathrow and Gatwick airport to their election manifesto. However, in the current context, many public opinion-makers and political pressure groups have started pressing again for the expansion of the Heathrow and Gatwick airport (Murphy 2012, p. 2). The fact is that the best and the easiest way to increase the capacity of Heathrow airport will be to add a third runway to it. It is a fact that in the coming times the arrivals of the passengers to the overly burdened UK airports are destined to increase. Going by the current trends, a large portion of these arrivals will certainly enter the UK through the airports placed in the South-East like Heathrow and Gatwick. Hence, it is but obvious that the nation does need to expand the capacity of its airports. The other thing is that this capacity needs to be increased in a cost-effective and economic manner. Thereby, an easy and economic way to increase the capacity of the airports will be to add a third runway to busy airports like Heathrow or Gatwick. Taking into consideration the importance of important air transport hubs like Heathrow or Gatwick to the British air travel industry, the economy of expanding the capacity of these airports, and their contribution to the British economy, a third runway should be added to Heathrow or Gatwick.
Any plan or proposal aimed at adding a third runway to Heathrow does need to take into consideration the great importance of Heathrow as a national and international transport hub. Heathrow is a highly overburdened transport that operates to more than 99 percent of its total capacity (Heathrow Airport 2014). There are very few transportation hubs in the world that operate at that level. In the year 2013, almost 73.3 million passengers arrived at or departed from this airport (Heathrow Airport 2014). On a .daily basis, nearly 191,200 passengers arrive at or depart from Heathrow (Heathrow Airport 2014). The amazing thing is that on some busy days the arrival and departure population may go up to 240,000 (Heathrow Airport 2014).