Heathrow Airport

Heathrow airportServing Greater London and acting as a major Hub between North America and Europe, Heathrow is the United Kingdom's largest airport and the third largest airport in the world. Every year, seventy million passengers rush through the busy airport. The vast majority, at ninety-three per cent, are international travellers.

Every day, close to one thousand three hundred aeroplanes take off and land at Heathrow carrying over fifty-six thousand business passengers. Fortunately, Heathrow is well equipped to provide for the needs of this busy group of travellers. Twenty-three business lounges are available at the airport, offering quiet space and facilities for catching up on work or meeting a client between flights.

Business lounges offer a welcome escape from the noise and crowds of the airport terminals. For a small fee, customers are welcome in the lounges regardless of their airline or class of travel. Booking a lounge can cost as little as eighteen pounds for three hours of respite.

The lounges are outfitted with comfortable, quiet seating with air conditioning. Customers can relax with a wide range of snacks and beverages, including beer, wine and spirits. Newspapers and magazines are provided, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. The No. 1 Traveller lounge in Terminal 3 also offers a bedroom.

Area Business Amenities and Venues

There are many quality hotels near the Heathrow terminals that cater to the business class passenger. Major hotel chains service the airport, a benefit for anyone taking part in a hotel-specific rewards program. Arora, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Premier Inn, Renaissance and Sheraton hotel chains are all represented in the immediate area of the airport.

When time and convenience are the top priority, there are hotels located right at the Heathrow terminals, just a short walk from the check-in or arrival gates. At Terminal 5, the Sofitel London is a luxury hotel with restaurants, conference facilities and over six hundred rooms.

At Terminal 4, the Hilton has three restaurants and a business centre. There is also a Japanese-style capsule hotel called Yotel, for travellers looking for a quick nap at reasonable rates.

Hotel reservation desks are located in each terminal to assist travellers with making last minute hotel bookings and can also assist with reserving meeting rooms and conference facilities.

Travel from Heathrow to Meetings

Heathrow is very well serviced for transportation and travellers will find that they have many transportation options available.

National Express runs an efficient service called Hotel Hoppa buses, shuttling passengers between the airport and nearby hotels nine hundred times each day. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time through National Express.

The fastest way to travel to London is to take the Heathrow Express, a non-stop train that leaves Heathrow every fifteen minutes and arrives at Paddington Station fifteen minutes later. Heathrow Connect also travels to Paddington Station every thirty minutes and has stops in West London. The trip is twenty-five minutes long.

The London Underground services Heathrow with the Piccadilly line and is the lowest cost method of travel into London. The travel time is about an hour.

Coaches and buses also run from Heathrow to London and the surrounding area. Hotels by Bus will take passengers directly to their hotel in London.

Taxis, car rentals and chauffeur driven cars are also available from Heathrow. London Taxis wait outside of each terminal and take passengers to London for forty-five to seventy pounds. The trip takes about one hour.

For those arriving by car, enjoy the convenience of business parking. Car parks are located near each of the airport terminals. Courtesy coaches run as needed to shuttle passengers between the airport terminal and the parking areas in less than three minutes.

Fly In and Fly Out for Business Meetings

Heathrow Airport is well suited for business passengers needing to meet quickly between flights. The twenty-three business lounges have meeting rooms where customers can gather up to ten guests. The lounges are also an ideal place for a casual meeting over drinks.

The many hotels located at Heathrow provide for the highest standard of business services. Meeting and conference rooms can be rented by the hour or by the day. Space is available for groups of up to seven hundred people.