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 June 2015, ACI Europe awarded LHR its  'Best Airport' accolade -  with the highest passenger satisfaction in the over 25-M passenger category.

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:
  - via nearby motorway M4, and by four parallel tunnels under a runway connecting the M4 and A4 to Terminals 1 & 3.
  - via motorway M25 leading to Terminals 4 & 5, and
  - the A30 road to Terminal 4.
With two extra-long runways and an annual passenger count of nearly 74 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.   (* The first half of 2016 showed a passenger count of 35.7M)

- 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: www.heathrowexpress.com):
  - heading to Terminals 1 or 3:  take any train, getting off at Heathrow Central - taking 15 mins.
  - 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.
  - 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.
- British Airways passengers may use its new 'AirPortr & bag check-in service  - collecting bagage from anywhere in London at a fee, and transporting it to the passenger's destination airport.
- Heathrow Airport is now on 'Weibo' - the Chinese social media platform -  promoting UK tourism & relevant real-time journey information.
- 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.)
 - Near Terminal 5 is the Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel with 2 restaurants & conference facilities;
- Near Terminal 4 is the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Hotel with 3 restraurants, business and fitness centers; and 
  - At Terminal 4 is the YOTEL - a capsule hotel with 32 cabins, bookable for a few hours or more.
  - The Renaissance Hotel reopened Feb. 2016 with a 32,300 sq.ft conference & events space, new restaurant, bar & lounge and additional 61 bedrooms (totaling 710).
  - T4 is to get two new hotels:  The Crowne Plaza London hotel with 300 rooms and business facilities, and the Holiday Inn Express London with 450 rooms.  Both hotels are to be connected to T4 by an air bridge.
- 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: 
 - 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.
 - Visa requirements for travelers from India:  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.
 - Due to Heathrow /Emirates new partnership, members of their customer loyaly programs (Heathrow Rewards & Emirates Skywards) gained increased earning & redemption options.
 - 'AirPortr' concierge baggage service may be booked from any device are now available in Terminals 3 - 5.  It will deliver two bags (any size, weight) to/from any London destination at 30 pounds.

On-Airport Hotels: Groundbreaking took place in October 2016 for two new hotels at Terminal 4 named Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express (with 300 & 450 rooms each) - scheduled to open 2018

London Heathrow International has five passenger terminals - T1 through T5 (for extensive terminal details, please refer to 'Terminal maps.)

Present and future Airport Developments: Heathrow's long-ongoing endeavor for Government approval of its third runway and subsequent second phase of Terminal 2 construction hinge on the Government's final decision to approve or reject - expected October 2016 - and again postponed to late 2017! *(the desicion whether to allow Heathrow a third runway or Gatwick a second runway, was postponed to 'after formal exit from the European Union') As to the T2 expansion, the winning bidders are at ready to start upon Government's favorable decision. 
  - In July 2016 Grimshaw was selected as designer for central terminal project, which will closely coordinate with LHR's head designer. Plans include third runway and easy access to Crossrail link.  The new terminal is to feature glass canopies & green areas around the new Crossrail link.
  - On July 19  the top UK investor USS tells new PM that - if given a 'Green Light' for Heathrow - it will help build a vision for a better Britain:  Pending the decision to expand Heathrow Airport - a private stimulus package 16-Billion Br.Pound raised by UK investors i's waiting to kick-start growth in every corner of Britain'.
* - On Oct. 24, 2016, U.K. Government backs third  runway at London Heathrow. A draft national policy statement (NPS) will be released for public viewing early 2017. .and by late 2017 the House of Commons is scheduled to vote on it.
 


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