Heathrow consolidation: Which terminal is my airline flying from?

Aug 3, 2020

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As the world continues to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19, some airlines have resumed passenger operations. While the CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG), which owns British Airways, Willie Walsh said on Friday that he doesn’t expect air travel to resume at 2019 levels until 2023, there are some positive signs of demand returning.

Specifically, demand for short-haul European flights has picked up. However, long-haul demand has largely remained stagnant. As such, airports have struggled to keep up with the reduced operations — including at the U.K.’s largest, London Heathrow.

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British Airways aircraft parked at Bournemouth airport where they are expected to remain after the airline reduced flights amid travel restrictions and a huge drop in demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
(Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

Since April, London Heathrow reduced its operation to a single runway operation (alternating on a weekly basis to give those living in proximity to the airport some respite) and has closed two of its four terminals. Airlines usually operating out of Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 have been re-accommodated into the airport’s Terminals 2 and 5.

For those currently travelling, especially now that the government advice has changed to allow non-essential travel, it’s important to know which Heathrow terminal your airline will operate from. Though with the closing of Terminals 3 and 4, there are no further moves planned, anyone travelling should check the latest information on the Heathrow website.

As of 5 August, the following airlines are operating from LHR Terminal 5:

  • All British Airways flights (including all flights previously operating from Terminal 3)
  • American Airlines (which had previously moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2)
  • Iberia and Iberia Express
  • All flights that previously operated from Terminal 5
  • China Southern Airlines (until 5 August, China Southern will continue to operate from T2)
  • Japan Airlines
  • Qatar Airways

The following airlines are operating from LHR Terminal 2:

  • Aegean
  • Aer Lingus
  • Aeroflot
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Algerie
  • Air Astana
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air France
  • Air India
  • Air Malta
  • Air Mauritius
  • Air Serbia
  • Alitalia
  • ANA
  • Arik Air
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian
  • Avianca
  • Azerbaijan Airlines
  • Beijing Capital Airlines
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Bulgaria Air
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • Croatia Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Egyptair
  • El Al
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Eurowings
  • Eva Air
  • Finnair
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Gulf Air
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • Iran Air
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Kuwait Airways
  • LATAM Airlines
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • MEA
  • Oman Air
  • Pakistan International Airlines
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian
  • RwandAir
  • SAS
  • Saudia
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Swiss International Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Tarom
  • Thai Airways
  • Tianjin Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Uzbekistan Airways
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Vueling
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A view inside a quiet Terminal 5 departure lounge at Heathrow Airport on April 15, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The airport expects 90% fewer passengers compared to April last year, as governments continue to advise against non-essential travel due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Heathrow has prioritised cargo traffic and closed one of its two runways. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Interestingly, Tunisair is still showing as operating from Terminal 4, though the terminal remains closed at this time.

Even though some carriers have officially been listed as moving terminals, they may not yet be operating commercial service to Heathrow. If you have plans to fly to or from LHR in the coming weeks, it’s worth checking the Which Terminal tab on Heathrow’s website before heading to the airport.

A Heathrow Airport spokesperson told TPG that moving operations is a complex undertaking and whilst there are no further moves planned for now, it is important to stay up to date with the latest information. According to Weston Macklem, deputy head of news at Heathrow, all moves are “temporary and we are maintaining the capability to scale back up as quickly as possible once the recovery phase becomes clearer”.

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