1983 On 26 November six armed robbers steal gold ingots worth £26m from a high security Brink's Mat warehouse at Heathrow. Some of the gang are later jailed, but none of the gold, from the UK's biggest armed robbery, is recovered.
1986 Terminal 4 is opened by Prince Charles at Heathrow. The terminal had to be opened to cope with overcrowding at other terminals caused by the emergence of more airlines and budget no-frills flights.
Approximately 14 million passengers now pass through Terminal 4 every year.
1987 BAA is floated on the Stock exchange, becoming a private company.
London City Airport is opened.Air traffic controllers handle a million flights in the London area for the first time.