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10 Facts About Heathrow Airport

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Heathrow Airport is a major international airport in London, England.

An international airport is an airport that offers customs and immigration facilities for passengers travelling between countries.

London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom.

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Heathrow is the third busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic, as well as the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, and the sixth busiest airport in the world by total passenger traffic.

London Heathrow Airport Heavies | Arrivals & Departures 23 ... by Train_PlaneHub

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In 2016, it handled a record 75.7 million passengers, a 1.0% increase from 2015.

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Heathrow lies 14 miles west of Central London, and has two parallel east–west runways along with four operational terminals on a site that covers 12.27 square kilometres.

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The airport is owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings, which itself is owned by FGP TopCo Limited, an international consortium led by Ferrovial that also includes Qatar Holding LLC, Caisse de dépÎt et placement du Québec, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, Alinda Capital Partners, China Investment Corporation and Universities Superannuation Scheme.

GIC Private Limited, formerly known as Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, is a sovereign wealth fund established by the Government of Singapore in 1981 to manage Singapore's foreign reserves.

Ferrovial, S.A., previously Grupo Ferrovial, is a Spanish multinational company involved in the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of transport, urban and services infrastructure.

Caisse de dépÎt et placement du Québec is an institutional investor that manages several public and parapublic pension plans and insurance programs in Quebec.

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London Heathrow is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin Atlantic, a trade name of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and Virgin Atlantic International Limited, is a British airline with its head office in Crawley, United Kingdom.

British Airways, often shortened to BA, is the flag carrier and the largest airline in the United Kingdom based on fleet size.

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In September 2012, the UK government established the Airports Commission, an independent commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies to examine various options for increasing capacity at UK airports.

The Airports Commission was an independent commission established in September 2012 by the Government of the United Kingdom to consider how the UK can “maintain its status as an international hub for aviation and immediate actions to improve the use of existing runway capacity in the next 5 years”.

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The commission shortlisted two options for expanding Heathrow in its interim report in 2013, along with a third option for expanding Gatwick Airport.

Gatwick Airport is a major international airport in south-east England, 29.5 miles south of Central London and 2.7 nautical miles north of Crawley.

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The final report, published on 1 July 2015, backed a third runway at Heathrow.

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The government approved a third runway on 25 October 2016.

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