Terminals at London Heathrow Airport

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London Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom. Owned and operated by BAA Limited, London Heathrow Airport handled around 65,881,660 passengers and 454,823 aircraft movements. London Heathrow Airport is located at about 12 miles west of Central London. London Heathrow Airport has five terminals and terminal 2 is presently under construction. This airport is also one of the busiest airports in the world handing largest number of international passengers.  This airport lies close to some of the world’s renowned landmarks like London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The nearness of the airport to M4 and M25 makes car hire with Heathrow Airport Car Rental, the easiest and the most cost-effective option to travel to different destinations.

Terminal 1

Initiated in 1968, Terminal 1 was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2005 it underwent renovation which created extra retail space and doubled the size of departure lounge. Spread on an area of 74,601m2, Terminal 1 houses Star Alliance, Heathrow’s second largest carrier.

Terminal 2

With an area of 180,000m2, Terminal 2 is right now undergoing extensive renovation and is expected to open in 2019. With a capacity of handling 1.2 million passengers, this terminal after reconstruction would be able to accommodate 8 million passengers.

Terminal 3

Opened in 1961 as the Oceanic Terminal, Terminal 3 initially used to handle flight departures for long routes. Terminal 3 is spread on an area of 98,962m2. With an aim of reduce traffic congestion, enhanced passenger’s experience and advanced security, this terminal underwent consistent renovation.

Terminal 4

Situated to the south of Southern Runway, Terminal 4 was inaugurated in 1986. Terminal 4 is well connected to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 by the Heathrow Cargo Tunnel. This terminal has gone a £200m up gradation to provide enhanced security and less traffic congestion. With the up gradation, this terminal can now accommodate 45 airlines.


Terminal 5


Terminal 5 was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth in 2008. This terminal is used by British Airways as their global centre. Terminal 5 is a new terminal built at a cost of £4.3 billion. This terminal comprises of two satellite buildings connected to the main terminal through an underground people mover transit system and a four storey main terminal building which has an area of 3,200,000 sq ft. Terminal 5 has around 100 shops and restaurants, and capacity of handling more than 30 million passengers.