Government plans for the Northern Powerhouse will be boosted by up to 26,400 new manufacturing jobs if Heathrow is allowed to expand, according to new research from the Airport.
Heathrow used the report at the Conservative Party Conference to call on Government to “make a decision for all of Britain by giving the green light to the airport’s new plans for expansion and creating almost 95,000 new manufacturing jobs across the country”.
The research, undertaken by consultancy Quod, suggests that up to 1 in 4 (28%) of the new manufacturing jobs generated by Heathrow expansion would be based in the “Northern Powerhouse” of Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. More broadly, 85% would be created outside London and the South East.
In keeping with the geographical spread of new jobs anticipated in the manufacturing sector, 60% of the total economic benefit predicted by the Airports Commission as a result of expanding Heathrow would be generated outside of London and the South East.