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Facts and figures

Size

  • Total size of Heathrow Airport: 1,227 hectares
  • Number of runways: 2
  • Length of runways: Northern 3,902m x 50m. Southern 3,658m x 50m.

Aircraft stands

  • Number of aircraft stands served by an air bridge: 133
  • Number of remote stands: 64
  • Number of cargo stands: 15

Destinations and airlines

  • Number of airlines: 81
  • Number of destinations served: 194 (in 82 countries)

Most popular destinations

  • New York (JFK)
  • Dubai
  • Dublin
  • Amsterdam
  • Hong Kong

Terminals

Terminal areas

  • Terminal 2 – 40,000 square metres
  • Terminal 3 – 98,962 square metres
  • Terminal 4 – 105,481 square metres
  • Terminal 5 – 353,020 square metres

Figures do not include Flight Connections Centre and passenger piers

Terminal openings

  • Terminal 1 (opened 1968 - closed 2015volume)
  • Terminal 2 (opened 2014)
  • Terminal 3 (opened 1961)
  • Terminal 4 (opened 1986)
  • Terminal 5 (opened 2008)

Flights 2016

  • Annual air transport movements: 473,231
  • Daily average air transport movements: 1,293

Passenger numbers 2016

  • Annual passengers: 75.7 million
  • Daily average total number: 206,800 (51% arrivals / 49% departures)
  • Busiest day ever recorded (passenger numbers): 31 July 2016 with 257,922
  • Busiest year ever recorded (passenger numbers): 2016 with 75.7 million
  • Percentage of international passengers: 94% (71 million)
  • Percentage of domestic passengers: 6% (4.6 million)
  • Percentage of business travellers: 34% (25.7 million)
  • Percentage of leisure travellers: 66% (50 million)
  • Percentage of transfer passengers: 30% (22.7 million)

Passenger volume by terminal (millions) 2016:

  • Terminal 2 – 16.5 million passengers on 111,603 flights
  • Terminal 3 – 17.7 million passengers on 89,014 flights
  • Terminal 4 – 9.5 million passengers on 53,269 flights
  • Terminal 5 – 31.9 million passengers on 216,861 flights

Cargo volume 2016

  • Cargo volume: 1.54 million metric tonnes
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Our history

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From humble beginnings, Heathrow grew to be a major world airport.

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