London Heathrow Airport is located near the south end of the London Borough of Hillingdon, and is 14 miles west of Central London. The airport is owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings.
Heathrow Airport Map
Heathrow is London's main airport and along with Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City airports, makes London by far the busiest city airport system in the world.
Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom, and one of the busiest airports in the world by total passenger traffic.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Heathrow Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach/Dir - 119.730, 120.400, 127.525, 134.980, 121.500
Radar - 125.625, 127.525, 121.500
Tower - 118.505, 118.705, 124.475, 121.980(Del), 121.500
Ground - 121.905, 121.705, 121.855
ATIS - 128.080(arr), 117.000(arr), 113.750(arr), 121.935(dep)
A small airfield was established in 1929 and called Great West Aerodrome on land southeast of the hamlet of Heathrow. In 1944, the Heathrow area was being developed into a very large airfield for long distance military aircraft but the war ended before its completion. The Government developed the airfield as a civil airport which was called London Airport from 1946 and later Heathrow Airport in 1966.
Terminal 1 opened in 1968 and was the base for British Airways domestic routes and some long haul routes. In 2005, the terminal was redeveloped and expanded, and became home to MBI, Aer Lingus, and several other Star Alliance airlines. Terminal 1 was closed at the end of June 2015 and the site is being used to extend Terminal 2 which opened in June 2014.
Terminal 2 is the newest terminal (called the Queen's Terminal), opening on 4th June 2014 and replaced the original Terminal 2 (Europa Building) which was opened in 1955. It is considerably larger than the old Terminal 2 and similar to Terminal 5.
Terminal 3 opened in November 1961 as The Oceanic Terminal and handled long haul flight departures. It was renamed Terminal 3 in 1968 and expanded in 1970. Pier 6 was completed in 2006 which is used to accommodate the Airbus A380 superjumbo which is operated by Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and Qantas. In 2007, the forecourt was redeveloped with a new four lane drop-off area and large pedestrianised plaza and canopy to the front of the terminal building. BAA has plans for a major upgrade over the next 10 years.
Terminal 4 opened in 1986 and is connected to Terminals 2 and 3 via the Heathrow Cargo Tunnel. It is home to the SkyTeam alliance and some unaffiliated carriers. It has had a recent upgrade to enable it to accommodate 45 airlines with upgraded forecourt, extended check-in area, renovated piers, and departure lounges, and also 2 new stands to accommodate the Airbus A380 have been constructed, and a new baggage system installed.
Terminal 5 was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on the 14th March 2008, and is exclusively used by British Airways, and its partner company Iberia, as their global hub, although in 2012 it was also be home to International Airlines Group. Terminal 5 consists of a four storey main terminal building linked with two satellite buildings via an underground people mover transit system. One of the buildings includeds dedicated aircraft stands for the Airbus A380 which became operational in June 2011. The main terminal building has 60 aircraft stands as well as more than 100 shops and resturants. Another satellite building may be built to provide another 16 stands and the transport network around the airport has been extended to cope with the increase in passenger numbers.
A decision was made in October 2016 to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
British Airways brought forward the retirement of its fleet of Boeing 747-400 aircraft due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation sector. On Thursday 8th October 2020, the last two Heathrow-based Boeing 747 planes departed from the airport on their final flight. British Airways Boeing 747 G-CIVB "Negus" will be preserved at Cotswold Airport, Kemble.
Getting to London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow is accessible via the nearby M4 motorway or A4 road (Terminals 2 and 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. Sat Nav postcodes are as follows: Terminal 2 (TW6 1EW), Terminal 3 (TW6 1QG), Terminal 4 (TW6 3XA), Terminal 5 (TW6 2GA)
Trains offer the quickest link between Heathrow and central London. There is Heathrow Express
with a journey time of 15 minutes to or from London Paddington Station and departures every 15 minutes, and TfL Rail - a stopping service to Paddington calling at up to five National Rail stations en route. London Underground (Piccadilly line): four stations serve the airport: Terminal 2 & 3, Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 serve the passenger terminals; Hatton Cross serves the maintenance areas. The usual journey time from Heathrow Central to Central London is around 40-50 minutes.
Many buses and coaches operate from the large Heathrow Central bus station serving Terminals 2 and 3, and also from bus stations at Terminals 4 and 5.
Travelling by taxi
from Heathrow offers the flexible way of getting into London or beyond. There are three distinct fully licensed services. Whether it's a classic black cab, private hire car or the charm of a personal chauffeur service, there is something that suits all your needs.
• Car Parking
• Drop off & Pick up