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    • Heathrow Airport Limited, The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, HOUNSLOW, Middlesex, Tw6 2gw

About Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport needs little introduction to most. Based in London, they’re the world’s second-busiest airport, measured by international passenger traffic. In 2016, they handled a record 75.7 million passengers, a 1% increase from 2015.

The airport lies 14 miles west of Central London, with two parallel east-west runways plus four operational terminals on a 12.27 km sq site. Heathrow Airport is owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings, which is owned by FGP TopCo Limited.

Heathrow Airport is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic. It originated in 1929 as a small airfield complete with farms, market gardens and orchards. Major development began in 1994, to take military aircraft to the Far East. But the war ended and a civil programme took over.

Today, John Holland-Kaye is the Chief Executive Officer and the company employs 76,500 staff. Heathrow keeps staff sweet with five levels of recognition, ‘Diamond Award’ winners and recognition lunches.

What is it like to work for Heathrow Airport

My Team
My Team
A ‘Bring Your Kids to Work Day’ on 23 December 2016 saw 350 kids find out how exciting it is to work at Heathrow Airport. Attractions included Santa’s Grotto, Christmas cinema, a fairy workshop, the Polar Express, reindeer and fire engines.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
The performance management process requires staff to set objectives that support on and off-airport communities. These include participation in schools’ volunteering programmes, becoming a school governor and giving time to local charities and community groups.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
‘Star Recognition’ provides five levels of award, from a simple thank you to Diamond Award winners, one of whom will fly to New York and get £500 to spend online. In 2017, around 180-200 winners were invited to the award ceremony.

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    59% / 41%

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