London Heathrow (LHR) Airport

London Heathrow LHR Airport Overview

London Heathrow International Airport LHR - is the United Kingdom's most prominent  - and the largest  Airport serving London  (the others are LGW, STN, LTN & LCY), and is one of the world’s busiest airports - presently only trumped by Beijing's PEK - handling more international passengers than any other airport in the world. In April 2013, Heathrow's Terminal 5 was named 'Best Airport Terminal' and 'Best Airport for Shopping' at Geneva's  World Airport Awards.

LHR Airport is located near the southern end of the Borough of Hillingdon, about 12 nautical miles from Central London, England, U.K., and covers an area of over 12 square km. It is accessible:
    (a) via nearby motorway M4, and by four parallel tunnels under a runway connecting the M4 and A4 to Terminals 1 & 3.
    (b) via motorway M25 leading to Terminals 4 & 5, and
    (c) the A30 road to Terminal 4.
If using the Heathrow Airport Express to LHR Airport  note that trains depart from platforms 6 & 7 at London Paddington (for more information and timetable open:
    (a) heading to Terminals 1 or 3:  take any train, getting off at Heathrow Central - taking 15 mins.
    (b) heading to Terminal 4:  change at Heathrow Central and use the free transfer service by connecting trains, departing every 15 mins and taking 4 mins. to get there.
    c) heading to Terminal 5:  board London-Heathrow train at Paddington to Heathrow Central and take any train thereafter to Terminal 5, an added 6-minutes.

With two extra-long runways and an annual passenger count of nearly 72 million, London Heathrow International Airport is primary hub for BMI, British Airways & Virgin Atlantic, and is served by a host domestic and international  airlines, offering countless destinations with connections worldwide. 

On-Airport hotels are within walking distance of Heathrow's passenger terminals. The hotel reservation center maintains desks in the arrivals area of all terminals and in the London Underground concourse between T1 & 3. (National Express runs a shuttle bus to nearby hotels.)
1. Near Terminal 5 is the Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel with 2 restaurants & conference facilities;
2. near Terminal 4 is the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Hotel with 3 restraurants, business and fitness centers; and 
3. at Terminal 4 is the YOTEL - a capsule hotel with 32 cabins, bookable for a few hours or more.
Passenger dropoff:
follow 'Departures' signs; for T5, use either of the two lanes on the departures forecourt; for T1 to T4, use outside lane.
NOTICES:  1. Due to recent security changes (you may be asked to open your bags for thorough search) it is advisable to arrive for check-in for European flights 2 hours, and long-haul and El Al flights three hours prior to scheduled departure.
2. Visa requirements for travelers from India:  As of Feb. 2015, tourists, travelers on business & other eligible visitors from India will now be able to visit both the UK and Ireland (North & South Ireland) - moving freely between the two countries on a single visa.

London Heathrow International has five passenger terminals - T1 through T5.

Present and future Airport Developments:   The new Terminal 2 now operates at full capacity, with all airlines now in place. Terminal 5 reopened in January 2015.
Current plans are to add a third runway - if approved, a second phase of construction at Terminal 2 will continue until 2019.

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