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Heathrow Airport, located in West London, is the busiest airport in the world in terms of international travellers and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger numbers. It covers an area of 12.14 square kilometres with two parallel runways running east to west, four passenger terminal buildings (Terminals 2,3,4 and 5) and a cargo terminal.
Terminals 2 and 3 are close together at the centre of the airport, Terminal 4 is to the south and Terminal 5 is on the Western Perimeter Road.
Terminals 3 and 4 were refurbished between 2007 and 2009 and Terminal 5 was completed and opened in March 2008. The newest passenger, Terminal 2, has been rebuilt with a new terminal building, a satellite pier, parking for more than 1,000 cars and an energy centre and cooling station along with 52 shops and 17 bars and restaurants.
In 2009 the government approved the building of a new third runway and a sixth terminal but this controversial decision was subsequently cancelled by the present government.
There are four terminals at Heathrow Airport.
Terminal 1 closed in June 2015