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TV Quiz - How Many Runways At LHR?

Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:38 pm


...You're on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The 250,000 question is....

"How Many Runways does London Heathrow Airport Have"

Answers are 2,3,4 or 6

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What answer would you give.....?

2 - because that's what the general public think
3 - a little used piece of land at the eastern end in a north-east/south west direction
4 - because each runway can be used in each direction 27L, 27R, 9L, 9R
6 - because there's also 05 & 23.
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RE: TV Quiz - How Many Runways At LHR?

Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:19 pm

23 doesn't officially exist anymore so 3 is not technically correct. I'd worry about WWTBAM not knowing that. 05 never existed so 6 isn't correct even under that interpretation.
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RE: TV Quiz - How Many Runways At LHR?

Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:15 pm

So at the moment it's 2 (2 runways, each available in 2 directions but that's not generally considered to be different as what people mean when they say "runway" is the slab of asphalt, not the operational use).

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RE: TV Quiz - How Many Runways At LHR?

Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:16 pm

Great question!

I was sad to hear that Runway 23 has been closed. Shame to see that.

I always wondered why they couldn't have made more use of it... I know about the Terminal 1 and 4 stands and the intersections... but surely it could have been used more at peak times. Still, it's a theoretical questions now. Alas.

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RE: TV Quiz - How Many Runways At LHR?

Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:22 pm

I'd say 2. Would that be correct? IIRC the third runway isn't used anymore and a runway only counts as one, even if you can use it both directions.
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