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Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport is the main, and busiest airport serving the United Kingdom. Heathrow is also Europe’s busiest airport for passenger traffic, and handles more international passenger traffic than any other airport in the world. Located in the London Borough of Hillingdon, 15 miles (24 km) west of Central London. Heathrow is the main hub of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. It is used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 destinations worldwide.

Heathrow has two parallel main runways running east-west and five terminals. The site covers 12.14 square kilometres (4.69 square miles). Terminal 5 was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 14 March 2008 and opened to passengers on 27 March 2008. Construction of Heathrow East to replace Terminal 2 and The Queens Building is planned to start in 2008 and be completed by 2012, and Terminals 3 and 4 will be refurbished during this period. In November 2007 a consultation process began for the building of a new third runway.


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