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London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow is one of the busiest airport in the world. The airport is the busiest airport of United Kingdom, as well as the busiest airport of Europe for passenger traffic. It is also the world's busiest airport for international passenger traffic. The airport is owned and operated by BAA which is again owned by Spanish Ferrovial Group. The airport is located towards the southern end of the London Borough of Hillindon, 24 kilometers west of Central London. It is one of the two international airports of London to be located on the boundary of Greater London area.

London Heathrow airport has two parallel main runways running east-west and four terminals. A new terminal, Terminal 5, is under construction. There are plans to redevelop and rebuild other terminals and add extra runways. In 1977, the London Underground was extended to Heathrow, connecting the airport with Central London. The earliest terrorism recorded in the Heathrow airport is in 1974. The IRA planted a series of bomb in the Terminal 1 car parking injuring 2 people. The last recorded terrorism is in 10 August 2006. The airport became the focus of changes of the security protocol following the Al-Qaeda based 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot.

The routine police security of the airport is under the aviation security unit of the Metropolitan Police. However, army, including armored vehicles of the Household Cavalry is occasionally been deployed specially, in the time of heightened security. However, Heathrow's reputation for thefts has led to refer it as “Thiefrow”.

Today, the London Heathrow airport has four passenger terminals and one cargo terminal. Originally, Heathrow has six runways arranged in three pairs at different angles with the passenger terminal at t he center. With the growth of the required length for runways, Heathrow now has just two parallel runways running east-west. “The Department for Transport” has issued a 'consultation document' in which one option is the construction of a third parallel east-west runway for frequent use. But this involves the demolition of local residential area.

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