12 Facts About Heathrow Airport


Heathrow Airport has its own resident press corps, consisting of six photographers and one TV crew, serving all the major newspapers and television stations around the world.

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Inbound aircraft to London Heathrow Airport typically follow one of a number of Standard Arrival Routes .

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Until it was required to sell Gatwick and Stansted Airports, Heathrow Airport Holdings held a dominant position in the London aviation market and has been heavily regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority as to how much it can charge airlines to land.

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Many decades Heathrow Airport had a reputation for theft from baggage by baggage handlers.

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On 11 December 2020, Heathrow Airport announced Terminal 4 would be shut until the end of 2021.

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Heathrow Airport was presented with a boarding pass by the British Airways CEO Willie Walsh for the first departing flight, BA302 to Paris.

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Until March 2012, Terminal 5 was exclusively used by British Airways as its global hub; however, because of the merger, on 25 March Iberia's operations at Heathrow Airport were moved to the terminal, making it the home of International Airlines Group.

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New branches of both the Heathrow Airport Express and the Underground's Piccadilly line serve a new shared Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 station.

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London Heathrow Airport was noted as the best connected airport globally in 2019 according to the OAG's Megahubs Index with a connectivity score of 317.

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When ranked by passenger traffic, Heathrow is the sixth busiest internationally, behind Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, Dubai International Airport, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, and Tokyo Haneda Airport, for the 12 months ending December 2015.

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Transfers from Terminals 2 and 3 to Terminal 4 and 5 are provided by Heathrow Airport Express trains and the London Underground Piccadilly line.

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Currently, all rail connections with Heathrow airport run along an east–west alignment to and from central London, and a number of schemes have been proposed over the years to develop new rail transport links with other parts of London and with stations outside the city.

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