The final four airlines to occupy Heathrow’s Terminal 2 move in on Wednesday, ahead of the closure of Terminal 1 next spring.
Air New Zealand, Asiana, TAP Portugal and South African Airways become the last carriers to shift to the dedicated Star Alliance terminal. Terminal 2, which opened in June, has undergone a phased opening in order to avoid the setbacks that beset Terminal 5, which was dogged by baggage problems in its opening phase.
In all, Star will operate 121 flights a day to 45 destinations in 25 countries from T2. South African Airways’ flights will depart from Terminal 2B, which is connected to the main building by an underground walkway.
Heathrow sees a few other airline moves this month. British Airways shifts its Barcelona flights from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 on October 26, when BA’s Belfast and Dublin services switch from T1 to T5. On the same day, Delta’s Atlanta flights shift from Terminal 4 to T3, joining its partner airline Virgin Atlantic. Russia’s Transaero also moves on the same day from T1 to T4.
The changes mean that until it closes, T1 will cater mainly for a few BA flights to the Middle East, France and some former Soviet republics plus El Al’s services.