London Heathrow is the UK’s largest airport, with 2 runways and 5 terminals. It is one of the busiest airports in the World, with aircraft taking off and landing every few minutes. In 2012 there were just under half million flights from Heathrow
The airport is home to 84 airlines which serve 184 destinations in 80 countries, with the most popular destinations being New York, Dubai, Frankfurt, Dublin and Amsterdam.
Passenger numbers arriving and departing in 2012 were around 70 million and daily numbers are in the region of 191,000.
London Heathrow is 12 miles West of London with junctions off the M4 in to Central terminal area and off the M25 in to terminal 5. It also has good rail links to Central London via the Heathrow Express, which takes 15 minutes in to Paddington.
Facts About Heathrow
- Built on the site of RAF Heston from World War II
- The London Airport as it was previously called, opened in 1946
- London Airport was renamed Heathrow Airport in 1966
- Terminal 1 opened in 1969
- 1976 - first concorde flight from Heathrow
- 1986 - Terminal 4 officially opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana
- 1988 - Heathrow Express is opened
- 2003 - 3 concordes make their final touch down
- 2007 - new control tower opens
- 2008 Terminal 5 opens - one of the largest free standing structures in the UK
- 2009 - Terminal 4 revamped
- 2010 - Termianl 2 knocked down to create one new terminal from terminal 1 and 2
- 2 parallel east-west runways located in 3000 acres of land
- Busiest day recorded 31st July 2011
- In 2012 1.46 million metric tonnes of cargo was dealt with at Heathrow