Located approximately 14 miles west of central London, Heathrow is the UK & Europe’s busiest airport as well as the busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger numbers. There are currently 4 operational terminals (1, 3, 4 & 5) with Terminal 2 set to re-open in 2014 after a complete re-build.
Together with its IAG partner Iberia Airlines, British Airways is the sole tenant of Terminal 5, Heathrow’s most modern terminal, which opened in 2008. Even after the opening of Terminal 5, capacity constraints mean that British Airways has had to operate additional flights from Terminal 3 while the takeover of BMI in 2012 means that the airline also now flies out of Terminal 1.
Although the majority of British Airways flights operate out of Terminal 5, (and pretty much all of its flagship routes) passengers should always check with the airline (both at the time of booking as well as close to departure) to verify which terminal their flight will operate from and to.
Getting to and from Heathrow is relatively easy. From London, travellers have the option of either the Heathrow Express (non-stop) or Heathrow Connect (with stops) from Paddington as well as the London Underground piccadilly line. There are also numerous coach and bus routes to Heathrow including Rail – Bus connections at Reading, Woking & Feltham.
Heathrow was part of BAA plc that was privatised in 1986 before being taken over by Spanish infrastructure company Grupo Ferrovial in 2006. In October 2012, BAA was renamed Heathrow Airport Holdings in order to reflect the overwhelming dominance of Heathrow within the old BAA. In order to pay down the debt required for the takeover, Grupo Ferrovial has also sold off significant stakes in the business to overseas partners from Singapore, Qatar & China. As a result, Grupo Ferrovial now owns less than 50% of the business.