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Monday, 12 January 2015

Know Your Airport: London Heathrow Airport

In United Kingdom there are 141 public airports of which 94 are in England. Of these, about 80 are considered to be major airports. Now we are bringing you a series of UK airport guides with detailed information - let’s start with Heathrow
London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport (London):  Opening in 1929 as a small airfield, Heathrow international Airport is now the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total traffic.

Heathrow airport is situated about 14 miles to the west of central London spread over an area of 12.14 Km area.  It has two east to west runways and five terminals . The most recent, Terminal 5 was voted the best airport terminal in the world for year 2014 by Skytrax (http://www.worldairportawards.com/awards_2014/
best_airport_terminal.htm
) in the annual world best airport awards. Heathrow Airport Holdings own and operate the airport that also operates three other airports.

Heathrow airport is the main hub and base of Virgin Atlantic and the primary hub of British Airways.  From Heathrow 90 airlines fly to about 170 destinations worldwide. There are around 69 million passengers using the airport annually and it is worth noting that around 3.8 million of these travelled between Heathrow and JFK Airport in New York.

Heathroe Airport Map

Heathrow in a Glance

Airport Name: London Heathrow
Airport Code : LHR
Operatore      : Heathrow Airport Limited
Location         : London Borough of
                          Hillingdon
Coordinates   :51°28′39″N 000°27′41″W
Website          :www.heathrowairport.com

It had been proposed for Heathrow to extend and add one more runway and a sixth terminal in 2009 but this proposal was met with significant controversy because of the likely impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the local community. Another proposal being mooted is to extend the airport by expanding its capacity. The aim of this proposal is to extend the length of both runways to 7000 metres and divided into four runways.

How to reach Heathrow: As you would expect from such an internationally important airport, there are plenty of options to reach Heathrow airport; including by train, bus and taxi.

By Train: There are a number of trains available that connect the city with airport including the fast Heathrow Express non stop service between Heathrow and Paddington station which has departures every 15 minutes. In addition to this, Heathrow Connect offers a stopping service to Paddington and connects with five other railway stations. A cheaper option is the London Underground that connects the airport to central London and serves all terminals (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). For other destinations outside of London, there is also South West Trains

Bus: Many bus and coach services depart Heathrow connecting the airport with destinations across the UK from Heathrow airport central bus station which serves terminals 1 and 3. National Express and the Oxford Bus Company provide long distance bus services to the airport from various parts of the UK. From the airport there is also a HotelHoppa bus service connecting the airport with hotels in the area.

Taxi: Taxes are available to Heathrow from anywhere in London and just about anywhere in the UK.

In addition to the more traditional means of reaching the airport, Heathrow also has cycle routes and bicycle parking as well as inter terminal services.

Airlines flying from Heathrow: Heathrow airport is the main base of Virgin Atlantic and a major hub of British airways. About 90 airlines fly from Heathrow to around 170 destinations worldwide. A few of the major airlines flying from Heathrow airport are:

Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air India, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, EVA Air, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, United Airlines, Air New Zealand, Austrian Airline, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Jet Airways, Qantas Airline, Royal Brunei, South African Airways, Srilankan Airline, Swiss Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Uzbekistan Airlines

Destinations Served: Heathrow airport has direct flights to about 170 destinations worldwide. Some of the most popular destinations include: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Athens, Atlanta, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Chicago, Colombo, Copenhagen, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Houston, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Malta, Manchester, Marseille, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, New Delhi, New York, Nice, Ottawa, Paris, Prague, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Washington, Zurich