London Heathrow Airport

heathrow1Heathrow handles 66 million passengers a year, and it is Europe’s busiest airport and the world’s fourth busiest airport. It’s amazing how much Heathrow has grown since it was first developed in the 1930’s. The site on which Heathrow stands today was once an aircraft test site with a single grass runway. It’s first flight was to Buenos Aires and now the five most popular international destinations for passengers traveling from Heathrow are New York, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

Once there were only two terminals, Europa and Oceanic, now the airport is spread across five terminals five terminals, two main runways, and a cross wind runway. Each terminal is full of shops, restaurants,currency exchange facilities, and information counters. Heathrow Terminal 5 is the largest freestanding building in the UK and is five times the size of Terminal 4. Together, Heathrow’s two runways stretch for 4.7 miles

Over 90 airlines fly from Heathrow to over 180 worldwide locations. With such high volume, it’s no wonder Heathrow employees 72,000 people to keep Heathrow operating. And just to put this number in perspective, the same number of employees are the same of many cities in England. The airport provides a wide range of facilities including those for business, children and disabled travelers. It also offers a full range of 1st class airport services.

Whoever you’re flying with, anyone is able to escape the crowds of the Heathrow Airport, and find a quiet space to work. Book one of the peaceful Heathrow airport lounges and you’ll enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks, and entertainment.

The Servisair airport lounge at Heathrow terminal 1 and terminal 3 is a luxury airport lounge that offers guests a relaxing atmosphere and hospitable service up to 3 hours before departure. Servisair offers complimentary alcoholic and soft drinks, tea, coffee, and snacks. There’s Internet access, computer points, and even phone and fax. There’s a wide selection of newspapers and magazines, as well as many televisions and comfortable chairs.

heathrow2The No. 1 Lounge in Terminal 3 at Heathrow will amaze anyone by luxuries offered. The No. 1 Lounge features complimentary food from the Bistro menu, free draught beer, wines and spirits from a fully tended bar, unlimited free wifi, a family room, a game room equipped with a PS3 and table football. There’s also a cinema and a plethora of flat screen TVs, newspapers and magazines to take away and enjoyable panoramic runway views. One can even relax in a the spa or rent a single or double room to have privacy.
There are several transport options to and from Heathrow that re reliable and frequent. The Heathrow Connect operates between terminals 1,2 and 3 and Paddington, via five stations in west London. This service takes 25 minutes, and operates every 30 minutes. Passengers traveling at terminal 5 should use the free inter-terminal service.

The Piccadilly Line connects all Heathrow terminals with frequent services to London. There are three stations at Heathrow on Piccadilly Line, one for Terminals 1, 2 & 3 located between the terminals, one for Terminal 4 and the newly opened Terminal 5. The trip to central London takes about 50 minutes. And there are always taxi’s available for hire to central London. The journey time is between 45-60 minutes and should cost between £45 and £70.

Regardless if you are passing through Heathrow to connect to another flight or coming or going to London, Heathrow airport is easily accessible and the facilities at each terminal make your time at Heathrow enjoyable.

The 3 Best Airports in The World

Every year, the world airport industry gets travelers from over 160 countries to take part in the world’s passenger satisfaction survey, to decides the award winners. This year’s Top 3 World Airport Awards go to Singapore Changi Airport, Incheon Airport, and Amsterdam Schiphol, and here’s why.

Changi
ChangiSingapore and Changi Airport are not strangers to fame, as both are constantly gaining attention and awards.
Why? Changi isn’t an architectural spectacle. Nor isn’t futuristic as Seoul’s Incheon, or is it cozy like Amsterdam’s Schiphol. So, what makes Changi the #1 airport in the world? It’s been awarded the top airport in the world because it believes in focusing on the needs of their passengers and providing them with only the best airport experience.
Changi represents its city, an overly busy yet organized and full of crafted pleasures. Changi has five specialty gardens throughout the airport, two movie theaters, various TV-watching lounges, and endless diversions, such as
napping. All terminals have areas dedicated to napping and travelers can relax on chaises. Changi is also the perfect airport for eating, from local specialties, fast food, and gourmet dishes, Changi has it all .

Incheon
icheaonIncheon Airport was ranked #2, and among over 1,700 airports worldwide, Incheon Airport is the only one to named the best in the ASQ (Airport Service Quality) survey for eight years in a row, and it’s not a surprise. Icheon is home to the friendliest and most efficient staff and the arrange time in immigration ranges from 12-19mintues. And Incheon Airport has a 0.0001% baggage mishandling rate.

Besides being super efficient, Icheon Airport is easily accessible and even offers limousines from the airport to downtown. If passengers plan on staying in Icheon, passengers will enjoy their time in this clean, spacious and bright airport. There’s always natural sunlight to be found, whether you’re in one of the many gardens or shops. Not only does Icheon offer free Wi-Fi, but it comes with complementary computers.

Besides all of the amenities, is it what else is inside that makes Icheon one of the worlds best airports. There are 90 duty free shops, a golf course, two movie theaters, an ice rink, casino, and spa and sauna. Whatever passengers desire, they can get at Icheon. Last but not least, you can experience the traditional Korean culture without leaving the airport. The airport provides Korean musical and dance performances and even a Korean culture museum.

Amsterdam Schiphol
schipholAmsterdam Schiphol was named the third-best airport internationally. Passengers’ comfort and travel process efficiency and reliably are priorities at Schiphol. Built as one large terminal, Schiphol is split into three large departure halls, which converge again once airside. The open airside environment for passengers in transit was a repeated reason given by respondents voting in the survey and helped Schiphol achieve the high rankings.
The airport is designed as a city that never sleeps, and 24/7 entertainment can be found at Holland Boulevard, where elements of Amsterdam and Dutch culture have been incorporated into the airport. Soak up Dutch culture in the library, art gallery, or even order a cocktail on a touch-screen. There’s even a casino inside.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport’s management prides themselves on consistent performance, and are always looking to improve the leisure and transit possibilities, to continue to be the premier airport.