Heathrow 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.
The 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.