Heathrow is the UK’s busiest airport with over 200,000 passengers travelling through every day.
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Some fact, stats and trivia behind London Heathrow Airport.
Heathrow sells more than 26,000 cups of tea, 35,000 cups of coffee and 1,050 bottles of champagne every day. More than 974 tons of chips are sold at the airport every year.
More than 70million passengers pass through every year – six million more than the UK population. Heathrow is now the third busiest airport in the world after Atlanta in the US and Beijing, China. The busiest single day ever recorded was July 31 2011 when 233,561 passengers passed through the airport.
British Airways operates a “married roster” enabling married cabin crew to fly together.
Heathrow employs 76,000 people within the airport boundary – the same number as the population of Guildford, Surrey.
Safety vehicles are fitted with a digital scarecrow system that plays the distress calls of various bird species to scare them away from runways.
Tucked away on the south side of the airport is Heathrow’s tiny sixth terminal – the Royal Suite used for royalty, visiting heads of state and certain celebrities. It has its own stand and is only opened on special occasions.
A total of 27,260 separate items have to be stocked on to a Boeing 747-400 before it departs on a long-haul flight. With space at such a premium careful calculations are made to ensure sufficient quantities for 377 passengers are carried without waste and to keep down fuel costs. The items loaded include no more than 233 toothpicks, 58 loo rolls, 2,000 ice cubes (five per passenger), 1,263 items of cutlery, 340 safety cards, 1,291 items of crockery, 650 paper cups, 337 blankets, five first aid kits, 220 drinks stirrers, 735 glasses, 99 full bottles and 326 quarter bottles of wine, 435 sickness bags (1.15 per passenger) and 164 bags of nuts in Club World.
Every day at Heathrow 1,400 flights take off and land – one every 45 seconds and nearly half a million per year.
A quarter of all exports from the UK to Brazil, Russia, India and China go through Heathrow.
Breakfast is the most popular meal of the day at Heathrow with almost five million eggs, 6.4million croissants and 4.5million rashers of bacon served every year. The number of pastries sold annually would line a runway in both directions 350 times.
If an aircraft creates too much noise the airline is fined and the money given to local community projects.
Terminal 5 has 30 miles of baggage conveyors, 2.8 miles of tunnels and 44 baggage reclaim belts. Around 53million pieces of luggage are processed every year.
Heathrow handles more than 80 per cent of all long-haul passengers who come to the UK. Only seven per cent of passengers are domestic.
It takes just 20 milliseconds for engineers to switch to the backup power supply in the event of a power cut.
A vehicle breakdown on Heathrow’s inbound tunnel will lead to a traffic jam on the M4, 15 miles away, in just seven minutes.
More than 6,500 CCTV cameras monitor the airport and every day more than 200,000 bags are put through Heathrow’s security system.
There are 45,000 manholes, 72 miles of high-pressure fire water mains and 81 miles of aviation fuel pipelines at Heathrow.
London Ambulance Service first responders operate in all terminals on mountain bikes.
Terminal 5 is the largest free-standing structure in the UK. At more than 1,312ft (400m) long, 574ft (175m) wide and 131ft (40m) high, the roof area is the size of five football pitches.
Heathrow Airport Watch was set up in 2008 to recognise the key part plane spotters play in keeping airports safe. They receive an identity card and are told to contact the police if they see anything suspicious.
The total size of Heathrow is 4.6 square miles (12 square kilometres). There are 340 retail and catering outlets at the airport covering 560,000 square feet (52,000 square metres).
Flights stop at 23:30 and don’t resume until 04:30 – during that time security equipment is serviced, engineering issues are resolved, cleaning takes place and outlets are restocked.