London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow is the major international airport serving London, England, Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world handling more international passengers than any other airport. It is also the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic.
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.
Heathrow Airport started in 1929 as a small airfield, development of the whole Heathrow area was undertaken in the war when a large airfield was built. After the war the airfield was developed for commercial aircraft, known first as London Airport and later as Heathrow.
Heathrow Airport is used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 destinations worldwide.
Heathrow’s facilities were originally designed to accommodate 55 million passengers annually. The number of passengers using the airport reached a record 70 million in 2012. The inability to deal with these numbers effectively has led to redevelopment of the terminals including the opening of Terminal 5 in 2008.
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Heathrow Express: a non-stop service direct to London’s Paddington station; trains leave every 15 minutes for the 15-minute journey (21 minutes to/from Terminal 5). Trains depart from Heathrow Terminal 5 station or Heathrow Central station (Terminals 1 & 3). A Heathrow Express transfer service operates between Terminal 4 and Heathrow Central to connect with services from London and Terminal 5.
Heathrow Connect: a stopping service to Paddington calling at up to five National Rail stations en route – trains leave every 30 minutes for the 27-minute journey. Heathrow Connect services terminate at Heathrow Central station (Terminals 1 & 3).
London Underground (Piccadilly line): four stations serve the airport – Terminals 1, 2, 3; Terminal 4; Terminal 5 serves the passenger terminals; and Hatton Cross the maintenance areas. The usual journey time from Heathrow Terminals 1 & 3 station to Central London is around 40–50 minutes.
South West Trains has a direct bus transfer to Feltham railway station, allowing passengers to board a train towards Reading or Windsor or Clapham Junction and Waterloo Station.
Bus and coach
Many buses and coaches operate from the large Heathrow airport central bus station serving Terminals 1 and 3, and also from bus stations at Terminals 4 and 5. Services include the following:
Long-distance coach services operated by National Express and Oxford Bus Company to various parts of the UK, including Victoria Coach Station in London
HotelHoppa buses connect each terminal with hotels in the Heathrow area
There are two RailAir coach services connecting nearby railway stations with the airport using dedicated non-stop coaches and running to: Reading railway station, Woking railway station, Feltham railway station,
Express bus services to Watford, St Albans and Harlow (Green Line route 724), Croydon (London Buses route X26) and High Wycombe (Carousel Buses)
Local bus services by London Buses, First Berkshire & The Thames Valley and other companies to nearby towns and London suburbs
Night bus N9 operates to central London at night when the trains do not operate.
Terminals 1 and 3 are within walking distance of each other. Transfers to Terminal 4 and 5 are by Heathrow Express trains or bus. Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services between Heathrow Central and Terminals 4 and 5 are free of charge.
Transit passengers remaining airside are provided free dedicated transfer buses between terminals.
Taxis are available at all terminals.
Heathrow is accessible via the nearby M4 motorway or A4 road (Terminals 1–3), the M25 motorway (Terminals 4 and 5), and the A30 road (Terminal 4). There are drop-off and pick-up areas at all terminals and short-and long-stay multi-storey car parks. There are further car parks, not run by Heathrow Airport Holdings, just outside the airport: the most recognisable is the National Car Parks facility, although there are many other options; these car parks are connected to the terminals by shuttle buses.