Air France and KLM have begun flights from Heathrow’s Terminal 3.

The two airlines had been temporarily operating from the airport’s Terminal 2 following the closure of Terminal 4.

Terminal 3 had been closed for over a year due to Covid-19, reopening in July with the return of Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines.

The move will come as welcome news to passengers transiting between flights to North America, as Air France and KLM will use the same terminal as partners Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, minimising connection times. Eligible customers will also have access to the No 1 Lounge in Terminal 3.

Passengers will also be able to more easily access central London via the Heathrow Express, which departs from Terminal 3.

The two airlines currently operate 63 weekly flights to Paris and Amsterdam from Heathrow.

Fahmi Mahjoub, Air France-KLM General Manager, United Kingdom and Ireland, commented:

“We are very pleased to commence flying from Terminal 3. This move brings us and our partners, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, closer together under one roof, and will further improve customer experience especially for our transatlantic passengers.”

This comes after news that London Heathrow airport slumped from the busiest airport in Europe to 14th place during the first half of this year, according to a new report by European airport trade body ACI Europe.

Nonetheless, the airport recorded its highest monthly passenger numbers since the onset of the pandemic last month. ;