Heathrow Airport is a major international airport in London, it was built in 1929 as a small airfield. It was used largely for test flying with commercial flights taking off from nearby Heston and Hanworth Park airfields. In the 1950s it was known as London Airport. In 2019, it handled a record 80.8 million passengers, and 475,861 aircraft movements. It is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic.
As traffic boomed Heathrow Airport found itself with an ever-increasing demand for passenger facilities. The Queen inaugurated a new building in 1955 (Terminal 2) and the tunnel which provides the main road access to Heathrow’s central area was opened.
Here below are some vintage photos that show Heathrow Airport in the 1950s.