Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Logo 2013.svg
London - Heathrow (LHR - EGLL) AN1572653.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerHeathrow Airport Holdings
OperatorHeathrow Airport Limited
ServesLondon, England
LocationNear Longford in Hillingdon borough, London
Hub forBritish Airways
Focus city forVirgin Atlantic
Elevation AMSL83 ft / 25 m
Coordinates51°28′39″N 000°27′41″W / 51°28′39″N 000°27′41″W / 
09L/27R3,90212,802Grooved asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17-18Increase2.7%
Aircraft movements480,339
Movements change 17-18Increase0.9%
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[1]

Heathrow Airport, also known as London Heathrow[2] (IATA: LHR, ICAO: EGLL), is a major international airport in London, United Kingdom. Heathrow is the second busiest airport in the world (after Dubai International Airport) by international passenger traffic, as well as the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, and the seventh busiest airport in the world by total passenger traffic. It is one of six international airports serving Greater London. In 2018, it handled a record 80.1 million passengers, a 2.7% increase from 2017 as well as 480,339 aircraft movements, an increase of 4,715 from 2017.[1]

Heathrow lies 14 miles (23 km) west of Central London,[2] 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).[3] London Heathrow is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic.

In September 2012, the Government of the United Kingdom 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.[4][5][6]


A Qantas Boeing 747-400 on approach to London Heathrow runway 27L[7]

Heathrow is 14 mi (23 km) west of central London,[2] 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 Twickenham postcode area, with the postcode TW6. The airport is located within the Hayes and Harlington parliamentary constituency.

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 most 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.

Other Languages
беларуская: Аэрапорт Хітроў
български: Летище Хийтроу
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Lùn-tûn Hî-sṳ̂-lu Kî-chhòng
한국어: 히스로 공항
қазақша: Хитроу
Lingua Franca Nova: Airoporto de Heathrow
русский: Хитроу
Simple English: Heathrow Airport
српски / srpski: Аеродром Хитроу
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Heathrow
українська: Лондон-Хітроу
Tiếng Việt: Sân bay Heathrow