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London Heathrow International Airport

Discover the UK's biggest international airport, the London Heathrow International Airport, as well as its facilities and features, top destinations to fly to from the airport and with which airlines you can do this.

About London Heathrow International Airport

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London Heathrow International Airport (IATA: LHR) is a major international airport in London, United Kingdom. Heathrow Airport is the second busiest international passenger traffic airport in the world as well as Europe's busiest passenger traffic airport and the seventh busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. In 2018, it handled a record-breaking 80.1 million passengers, as well as having 480,339 aircraft movements. London Heathrow is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic.

The airport first opened in March 1946 as London Airport, later renamed to Heathrow Airport in 1966. The airport with all its terminals, central building areas including the clock tower were all designed by the English architect Sir Frederick Gibberd.

London Heathrow International Airport Location

The airport is located 14 miles (23 km) west of Central London:

 

Facilities

 

Heathrow Airport is full of facilities and services that offer passengers ease and comfort at every 5 square miles. Each terminal functions as a small shopping centre and it also offers services for business travellers and families.

Facilities Include:

A variety of dining and shopping options available from popular high street cafe restaurants, upmarket bistros, and luxury and designer shops.

Free WiFi Internet Access

Accessible facilities for disabled passengers

Nursing Room

Shower Rooms

Wellness Spa

Business Services with workstations and internet access

Dressing Rooms

Children’s Play Area

Free drinking water dispenser

Baggage Carts

ATMs

Currency Exchange

 

Lounges Include:

Plaza Premium Lounges (Terminal 2, 3,4 and 5): first class service with high-quality food, beverages, WiFi, shower rooms, private rooms, spa and massage.

Club Aspire Lounge (Terminal 3): Available facilities include a wide menu of food and drinks, business and resting zones, free WiFi and charging points.

The House Lounge (Terminal 4): offers A la carte dining with waiter service, unlimited WiFi, Showers, Prayer rooms, Airside view, Newspapers and magazines. 

Aspire Lounge (Terminal 5): passengers can enjoy a luxury food menu, WiFi, Showers, air conditioning, TV. Passengers can also enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, unrivalled views, magazines and newspapers.

 

Runways

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Heathrow International Airport currently has two runways which run parallel east-west to each other.

Direction Length (m) Length (ft) Surface
09L/27R 3,902 12,802 Grooved asphalt
09R/27L 3,660 12,008 Grooved asphalt

Terminals

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Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is the airport’s newest terminal officially known as the Queen's Terminal which was opened on in June 2014. The terminal has a satellite pier, a 1,340-space car park, an energy centre and a cooling station to generate chilled water. There are also 52 shops and 17 bars and restaurants.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 opened as the Oceanic Terminal on 13 November 1961 and was renamed Terminal 3 in 1968.  As of 2013, Terminal 3 has an area of 98,962 m2 and in 2011 it handled 19.8 million passengers on 104,100 flights. This terminal accommodates the Airbus A380 superjumbo; Emirates and Qantas.

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 opened in 1986 and is located south of the southern runway. The terminal has a floor area of 105,481 m2 and is home to the SkyTeam alliances construction began in 2004 and finished in February 2008 and it is also the largest terminal with a floor space measuring 1,713,000m2, making it the second-largest passenger terminal in the world. Most flights that go to Terminal 4 are flights coming from Asia and North Africa, as well as a few flights to Europe. It accommodates the Airbus A380 and airlines such as Etihad AirwaysKorean AirMalaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Terminal 5

Terminal 5 is situated between the northern and southern runways and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on March 2008. British Airways and its partner Iberia have exclusive use for this terminal. The main terminal building (Concourse A) has an area of 300,000 square metres while Concourse B covers 60,000 square metres. In total it has 60 aircraft stands and capacity for 30 million passengers annually including more than 100 shops and restaurants. The terminal has a 3,800 space multi-story car park. 

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 first opened in 1968, before terminal 5 opened Terminal 1 was British Airways base for domestic and European flights. It was also the main base for Star Alliance. However, Terminal 1 closed in June 2015 and the site is being used as an extension for Terminal 2.

Airlines that fly to Heathrow International Airport

The following table consists of all the airlines that fly passenger services from Heathrow Airport:

 

Aegean Airlines Aer Lingus Aeroflot Aeromexico
Air Algerie Air Astana Air Canada Air China
Air France Air Malta Air Mauritius Air New Zealand
Air Serbia Alitalia All Nippon Airways American Airlines
Asiana Airlines Austrian Airlines Avianca Azerbaijan Airlines
Beijing Capital Airlines Biman Bangladesh Airlines British Airways Brussels Airways
Bulgaria Air Cathay Pacific China Eastern Airlines China Southern Airlines
Croatia Airlines Delta Airlines EgyptAir El Al
Emirates Ethiopian Airlines Etihad Airways Eurowings
EV Air Finnair Flybe Garuda Indonesia
Germanwings Gulf Air Hainan Airlines Iberia
Icelander Iran Air Japan Air Kenya Airways
KLM Korean Air Kuwait Airways LATAM Brasil
LOT Polish Airlines Lufthansa Malaysia Airlines Middle East Airlines
Oman Air Pakistan International Airlines Philippine Airlines Qantas
Qatar Airways Royal Air Maroc Royal Brunei Airlines Royal Jordanian
       
Saudia Scandinavian Airlines Shenzhen Airlines Singapore Airlines
South African Airlines SriLankan Airlines Swiss International Air Lines TAP Air Portugal
TAROM Thai Airways Tianjin Airlines Tunisair
Turkish Airlines United Airlines Uzbekistan Airways Vietnam Airlines
Virgin Atlantic Vueling    

Top Destinations

The following table contains some of the popular and most-serviced destinations flying from Heathrow Airport:

New York Dubai Dublin Amsterdam
Los Angeles Hong Kong Frankfurt Singapore
Madrid Paris Doha Zurich
Singapore Chicago Mumbai Newark

 

How to get to Heathrow International Airport

 

By Road

Heathrow's 4 airport terminals can be accessed via nearby motorways and roads. The M4 motorway and A4 road can be used to access Terminal 2 and 3, whereas Terminal 4 and 5 can be accessed using the M25 motorway. There are drop-off and pick-up areas at all terminals and short and long-stay multi-storey car parks you can use to park your car at a cost.

By Public Transport

You can use the many train routes as well as the London underground in and around London. With Heathrow Express Line, the London Underground and the TfL Rail, you can travel from terminal to terminal or alternatively use the this you can use a shuttle service. In addition to this, there are many buses and couches that operate between the 4 airport terminals.

By Rental Car

You can rent a car from a wide selection of car hire providers such as Avis, Sixt, Europcar and Enterprise from a selection of vehicles that suit you well. The facility operates  seven days a week