Rush Hour at One of the World's Busiest Airports Means a Never-Ending Line of Airplanes

London’s Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, so it’s no surprise that if you look up in the sky during the morning rush, you’ll see a line of airplanes swarming around, patiently waiting to land on its runways. This video from TopFelya shows 30 minutes of morning arrivals and there’s a plane coming in every other minute.

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I love how the planes seem to come from every direction in the background until they get in a nice little queue (we are across the pond, y’know) so that they can touch down in an orderly fashion. Handling air traffic control at Heathrow must be a never ending game of stress.

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Michael Walsh

I live right on the Lake Michigan shoreline, roughly at the same latitude as O’Hare Airport. On clear winter evenings around six you can look east across the lake and see the line of lights all in a row stretching to Michigan as the planes come in for landing. I’ve also been in those planes and when you turn you can see the parade in front and behind you as Chicago’s ridgedly geometric street grid slides underneath.