• About us
    About us

    About us

    About us

  • Heathrow hub is a privately backed, independent consortium, promoting a patented scheme for an extended runway, originally developed by Jock Lowe, the longest serving Concorde pilot and former Director of flight operations at British Airways.

    Although we have fully developed a detailed and costed scheme to enhance Heathrow, the extended runway concept is being marketed around the World to other airports.

    Our concept is an innovative and ingenious way to increase airport capacity while mitigating environmental impacts.

    Rather than building new parallel runways, as seen at many major airports where demand has outstripped capacity, our “Smarter Runways,” design allows existing runways to be extended, creating two in-line runways instead of one. 

  • As well as increasing runway throughput, it allows the most efficient airfield design, reducing taxing distances (and therefore emissions) and reducing the risk of runway incursions.

    We call it Smarter Runways because until now runways have simply been thought of as dumb paved surfaces.

    Instead, we take advantage of new developments in on-board aircraft equipment, such as automatic braking advisory and runway over-run protection systems, to allow an equally sophisticated runway design, to optimise efficiency and reduce environmental impacts.

    For example, in normal operations, aircraft would land on one of the in-line runways and take off at the other. However, in, say early mornings, a particularly noise sensitive time of day, arriving aircraft would land on the furthest of the in-line runways (usually used for departures but available at a time when there are no, or very few departures), dramatically reducing noise impacts outside the airport.

     

  • Conversely, in late evenings, aircraft would take off from the runway normally used for arrivals.

    The cost to develop an in-line runway is also much less than a conventional, parallel runway, with the added benefits of requiring less space, allowing more efficient operations and likely to be less disruptive to local infrastructure and property around an airport.

    Safety is of course critical and our exhaustive work, led by a world class team of consultants and peer reviewed by senior safety experts from around the world, has confirmed that our design is not only safe, but in many respects easier and safer to operate than the traditional alternative of multiple parallel runways.

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Consulting teams