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Although there are no scheduled flights between 11pm and 4:30am, the airport never sleeps and there is crucial work that goes on behind the scenes overnight (Terminal 5 is pictured in the background)

Although there are no scheduled flights between 11pm and 4:30am, the airport never sleeps and there is crucial work that goes on behind the scenes overnight (Terminal 5 is pictured in the background)

After the last scheduled flight of the day at 11pm, repair works are carried out on one of the runways, pictured here is the Terminal 3 departure gates and the Northern runway in the distance

A night shift at Europe's biggest airport London Heathrow

After the last scheduled flight of the day at 11pm, repair works are carried out on one of the runways, pictured here is the Terminal 3 departure gates and the Northern runway in the distance

A Virgin Atlantic plane parks up after its last flight of the day - more than 1,000 flights take off and land from the airport every day

A night shift at Europe's biggest airport London Heathrow

A Virgin Atlantic plane parks up after its last flight of the day - more than 1,000 flights take off and land from the airport every day

The total size of Heathrow is 4.6 square miles, pictured here is the view over Terminal 3 with Terminal 4 in the distance, with many of the aircraft undergoing engineering work having parked up for the night

A night shift at Europe's biggest airport London Heathrow

The total size of Heathrow is 4.6 square miles, pictured here is the view over Terminal 3 with Terminal 4 in the distance, with many of the aircraft undergoing engineering work having parked up for the night

One of the last flights of the day prepares to leave Terminal 5, which is the largest free-standing structure in the UK. At more than 1,312ft long, 574ft wide and 131ft high, the roof area is the size of five football pitches

A night shift at Europe's biggest airport London Heathrow

One of the last flights of the day prepares to leave Terminal 5, which is the largest free-standing structure in the UK. At more than 1,312ft long, 574ft wide and 131ft high, the roof area is the size of five football pitches

London Heathrow has around 1,290 flights every day that arrive and take-off to 84 different destinations

A night shift at Europe's biggest airport London Heathrow

London Heathrow has around 1,290 flights every day that arrive and take-off to 84 different destinations

Controllers use coded language to clear aircraft for take-off and landing, as well as monitoring the air traffic movements within 30 miles

A night shift at Europe's biggest airport London Heathrow

Controllers use coded language to clear aircraft for take-off and landing, as well as monitoring the air traffic movements within 30 miles

Planes line up in front of Terminal 3 and the Southern runway - for six months at a time, repair work is done on one of the two runways overnight - it costs £975million annually to run Heathrow Airport, an additional £660million is set aside each year to upgrade it

A night shift at Europe's biggest airport London Heathrow

Planes line up in front of Terminal 3 and the Southern runway - for six months at a time, repair work is done on one of the two runways overnight - it costs £975million annually to run Heathrow Airport, an additional £660million is set aside each year to upgrade it

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Aircraft park up in their stations, pictured from the control tower is Terminal 3, and in the distance, Terminal 2 with its distinctive wave roof

A night shift at Europe's biggest airport London Heathrow

Aircraft park up in their stations, pictured from the control tower is Terminal 3, and in the distance, Terminal 2 with its distinctive wave roof

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