Heathrow terminal moves update

29 Oct 2009 by BusinessTraveller

Several carriers have or are due to move terminals at Heathrow in October and November, the latest being Gulf Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas and selected BA flights.

The Heathrow merry-go-round is nearing its completion, as Terminal 2 is due to shut before the end of the year, and alliance carriers are gradually aligning themselves under one roof.

Etihad Airways moved from T3 to T4 at the end of September (see online news July 30), while Jet Airways did the same earlier this month (see online news October 8). Today (October 29) it’s the turn of Gulf Air and Malaysia Airlines, which are also moving from T3 to T4. None of these carriers are members of the major airline alliances.

Qantas is also on the move today, switching in the opposite direction from T4 to T3 to join fellow Oneworld carriers, and at the same time BA’s flights to Bangkok, Singapore and Sydney (falling under the Joint Services Agreement with Qantas) are also moving from T4 to T3. This means that all of BA’s flights will now depart from either T3 or its main hub at T5.

During November Skyteam carriers Air France, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Czech Airlines and Korean Air will then switch from T2 to T4 to join fellow members Delta, KLM and Kenya Airways. Skyteam unveiled new check-in and lounge facilities this week (see online news October 28).

Other independent carriers including Arik Air and Royal Air Maroc are also due to move from T2 to T4 next month, with T2 set to shut its doors to the public on November 26. Note that Continental Airlines, which defected from Skyteam to join Star Alliance this week (see online news October 27), is already in T4 and has not announced any plans to move to T1 to join fellow Star members. Singapore Airlines, also a Star Alliance member, will remain in T3, partly because there are no stands for its A380 superjumbos at T1.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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