Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Logo 2013.svg
London - Heathrow (LHR - EGLL) AN1572653.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Heathrow Airport Holdings
Operator Heathrow Airport Limited
Serves London, United Kingdom
Location London Borough of Hillingdon
Hub for British Airways
Elevation  AMSL 83 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 51°28′39″N 000°27′41″W / 51°28′39″N 000°27′41″W / 51.47750; -0.46139
Website www.heathrow.com
LHR is located in Greater London
LHR is located in the United Kingdom
LHR is located in Europe
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09L/27R 3,902 12,802 Grooved asphalt
09R/27L 3,660 12,008 Grooved asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 75,711,130
Passenger change 15-16 Increase1.0%
Aircraft movements 474,963
Movements change 15-16 Increase0.2%
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority [1]

Heathrow Airport (also known as London Heathrow) [2] ( IATA: LHRICAO: EGLL) is a major international airport in London, United Kingdom. Heathrow is the second busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic (surpassed by Dubai International in 2014), as well as the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, and the seventh busiest airport in the world by total passenger traffic. In 2016, it handled a record 75.7 million passengers, a 1.0% increase from 2015. [1]

Heathrow lies 14 miles (23 km) west of Central London, [3] and has two parallel east–west runways along with four operational terminals on a site that covers 12.27 square kilometres (4.74 sq mi). The airport is owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings, which itself is owned by FGP TopCo Limited, an international consortium led by Ferrovial that also includes Qatar Holding LLC, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, GIC Private Limited, Alinda Capital Partners, China Investment Corporation and Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). [4] London Heathrow is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic.

In September 2012, the UK government established the Airports Commission, an independent commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies to examine various options for increasing capacity at UK airports. In July 2015, the commission backed a third runway at Heathrow, which the government approved in October 2016. [5] [6] [7]


A Qantas Boeing 747-400 on approach to London Heathrow 27L runway. [8]

Heathrow is 14 mi (23 km) west of central London, [3] near the south end of the London Borough of Hillingdon on a parcel of land that is designated part of the Metropolitan Green Belt. The airport is surrounded by the villages of Harlington, Harmondsworth, Longford and Cranford to the north and by Hounslow and Hatton to the east. To the south lie Bedfont and Stanwell while to the west Heathrow is separated from Slough in Berkshire by the M25 motorway. Heathrow falls entirely under the TW postcode area.

As the airport is located west of London and as its runways run east–west, an airliner's landing approach is usually directly over the conurbation of London when the wind is from the west, which is the majority of the time.

Along with Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend and London City, Heathrow is one of six airports with scheduled services serving the London area, although only Heathrow and London City are within Greater London.

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