Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: policy update and consultation on the early costs of capacity expansion

Closes 28 Feb 2020

Opened 19 Dec 2019


This consultation document provides further information on costs Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) expects to incur in advance of obtaining a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008 for the expansion of Heathrow airport.

It outlines the approach to spending on these early costs that we consider is in the best interest of consumers and the regulatory arrangements that should apply to this spending.

It follows on from our July 2019 consultation on early costs and our previous policy documents on these matters.

Views invited

We welcome views on all the issues raised in this document including the issues set out in the executive summary and highlighted in chapters 1 to 3.

Please e-mail responses to by 28 February 2020. 

We expect to publish the responses we receive on our website as soon as practicable after the period for representations expires. Any material that is regarded as confidential should be clearly marked as such and included in a separate annex. Please note that we have powers and duties with respect to information under section 59 of the Civil Aviation Act 2012 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this document, please contact


  • Residents affected by aviation
  • Organisations affected by aviation
  • Community groups


  • Economic regulation