Last year, Heathrow invested £687m in upgrading its infrastructure as it handled more freight, by value, than any other UK port, and welcomed 78m passengers. It expects passenger numbers to rise to 130m once its proposed third runway is built. Heathrow is led by chief executive John Holland-Kaye, 53.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank15
CompanyHeathrow
ActivityAirport
LocationHeathrow
Sales £m2,884
Profit £m1,760
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersFerrovial (25%), Qatar Investment Authority (20%), CDPG (13%), GIC (11%), CIC (10%), others (21%)
Staff6,605
Founded1946
Websitewww.heathrow.com

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