London airports are facing a massive exodus of about 200,000 people as athletes, supporters, and tourists are set to leave the Olympic city on Monday, making it one of the busiest departure days on record.
Heathrow officials are predicting about 116,000 passengers traveling through their terminals on Monday and Gatwick airport is expecting up to 70,000 people to pass through their gates each day for the next week.
Heathrow’s media center stated in its Monday press-release that “the record for departing passengers [at Heathrow] is 123,000 set on 29 July 2011”, which brings Monday’s expected total not far behind.
Heathrow made special accommodation for departing athletes by creating a special Games Terminal, which begins operations on Monday. It will welcome 8,000 athletes, each thought to be carrying between three and five oversized bags, over the next three days.