Heathrow Airport was officially inaugurated for commercial flights on May 31st, 1946.
At first, the airport was called London Airport, but later the officials changed the
name to Heathrow Airport because the site that was bulldozed for its construction was
a village called Heathrow. This village existed since mediaeval times, but today the
site holds Terminal 3 of the Heathrow Airport.
Richard Fairey bought the airport site for around £15,000 – £20,000 in 1930. He initially
bought it to use for testing planes. Harold Balfour who was the WWI fighter persuaded Churchill’s
war cabinet in the 40s that there needed an RAF base around Hounslow Heath. Later he exposed that
his persuasion was a plan to build an airport that could then be used for commercial purposes.
It worked, and today it is the most crowded airport in the world. After the second world war, the newly
inaugurated airport was open for flights and delayed many of its first ones. Within a year,
approximately 60,000 travellers reached the Heathrow Airport.
After the first flourishing decade, Heathrow Airport decided to expand its region by
introducing new and improved terminals. The first three terminals: Terminal 1, 2, three
were built during the 50s, but the management got all these so mixed up that they first
had to replace the old ones with new ones.
Interestingly, Terminal 1 was later added in 1969 way. In 1986 another terminal was added
on the south perimeter of the airport, Terminal 4. In 2008, Queen inaugurated another
terminal for its expansion Terminal 5.
Despite these constructional developments, enlargement and addition of terminals
were controversial as most of the officials denied the adding of new terminals,
including David Cameron. In fact, there was a heated debate in the parliament and
concerned communities about the addition of a 3rd runway, but most of the people
rejected the idea and filed a petition to stop from it happening.
Sadly, the government finally had given the go-ahead to the airport officials for the
3rd runway. The most successful era of Heathrow airport was the 80s and 90s when
Heathrow airport became the major employer with employment offers to more than 70,000
UK’s Best & Busiest Airport
Heathrow Airport has been ranked several times as world’s busiest airport. It is also the
most expensive plane to land as it charges £50,000 for landing and that’s just an estimation
chances are the prices increase every year.