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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.

Movements

  • Annual air transport movements in 2014: 470,695
  • Daily average air transport movements in 2014: 1,290

Aircraft stands

  • Number of aircraft stands served by an air bridge: 125
  • Number of remote stands: 40
  • Number of cargo stands: 12

Destinations and airlines

  • Number of airlines: 80
  • Number of destinations served: 185 (in 84 countries)

Most popular destinations

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

Passenger numbers

  • Number of passengers arriving and departing per day: average 201,000 (split 50/50 between arriving and departing)
  • Number of passengers arriving and departing in 2014: 73.4 million
  • Busiest day ever recorded (passenger numbers): 17 August 2014 with 241,412
  • Busiest year ever recorded (passenger numbers): 2014 with 73.4 million
  • Percentage of international passengers in 2014: 93% (68.1 million)
  • Percentage of domestic passengers in 2014: 7% (5.3 million)
  • Percentage of business travellers in 2014: 30% (22.2 million)
  • Percentage of other leisure travellers in 2014: 70% (51.2 million)
  • Percentage of transfer passengers in 2014: 36% (26.3 million)

Passenger volume by terminal (millions) 2014:

  • Terminal 1 – 9.8 million passengers on 81,696 flights
  • Terminal 2 – 6.2 million passengers on 41,481 flights
  • Terminal 3 – 16.6 million passengers on 82,801 flights
  • Terminal 4 – 9.2 million passengers on 54,567 flights
  • Terminal 5 – 31.6 million passengers on 207,859 flights

Cargo

  • Cargo volume in 2014: 1.50 million metric tonnes

Terminals

Terminal areas:

  • Terminal 1 – 74,601 square metres
  • 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 – 1968
  • Terminal 2 – 2014
  • Terminal 3 – 1961
  • Terminal 4 – 1986
  • Terminal 5 – 2008

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