As passengers return to aviation, Heathrow have pledged to allow the community that surrounds the airport to capitalise on the sectors recovery.
Many challenges remain for aviation, and passenger growth is expected to slow after the ‘summer bubble’ of pent-up demand. But Heathrow claim they will ramp up its operations to meet demand, bringing opportunities for communities across the region.
Heathrow has extended its London Living Wage pledge to all colleagues in its direct supply chain, adding a further 1,300 people onto the competitive starting rate for entry level positions. Heathrow already pays all of its direct employees at least the London Living Wage and is recruiting up to 1,000 new security officers for this summer.
In 2020 the Heathrow Local Recovery Plan was launched, setting out ambitious targets for helping the community to emerge from the pandemic.
To build on the positive steps forward to date, stakeholders will be brought together through the Heathrow Local Recovery Forum to agree targets on future actions.
Becky Coffin, Communities and Sustainability Director at Heathrow, said: “There are huge benefits to living on the doorstep of the UK’s hub airport, and as passenger numbers slowly return, we are once again able to share them with our neighbours. The Heathrow Local Recovery Plan sets out how the community can access the unrivalled opportunities for employment, skills and education that come from living near the UK’s biggest single site employer. We are also taking important steps to minimise some of the negative impacts, such as cutting carbon and reducing noise to make Heathrow a truly great place to live and work.”