Heathrow ready for busiest day

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Heathrow airport will today (August 13th) deal with passengers that have been enjoying London getaways during the recent Olympic Games in what is expected to be one of its busiest days.

It is expected that around 116,000 people will fly out of the airport including many Olympic athletes. In order to deal with the increase in numbers, officials have created 31 special check-in desks for the competitors as well as seven dedicated security lanes to process the large number of bags containing sporting equipment.

Already one of the world's busiest airports, it is estimated that around two million passengers have passed through Heathrow during the Games, with 80 per cent of people travelling to the UK for the Games arriving via the London hub.

The athletes will also be treated to a London-themed send-off, although exact details of what that involves have not yet been revealed.

Heathrow operator BAA's chief executive Colin Matthews said: "Heathrow is proud of the part we have played in making London 2012 a success. We hope that Olympic athletes, spectators and officials enjoyed a great welcome to London.

"Olympic departures present a fresh challenge with new facilities like the Games terminal being used for the first time. We have been preparing for seven years to deliver a farewell of which the whole country can be proud."

Heathrow is the base for around 90 airlines and serves more than 180 destinations in over 90 countries. Last year, the total of passengers arriving and departing equalled 69.4 million.