Park and Go: Heathrow Airport Terminal Guide

At Heathrow there are four terminals, which can be confusing, so here you will find a brief guide to each terminal. You can find out which types of airlines and flights leave from which terminal, and a little bit of history on each terminal.

Heathrow Terminal 1 - This terminal is most commonly used for domestic flights, meaning flights to other airports in the UK. But the terminal is also used for departures to European destinations, supplied by UK Airlines. Some other Airlines do operate flights from this terminal also.

Terminal 1 was opened in 1969 by Her Majesty the Queen, the terminal has re-developed in recent years to incorporate new facilities and to improve existing services operating there. Terminal one has serviced around 24 million passengers in a year, and it is home to about 12 Airlines.

Heathrow Terminal 2 - Terminal 2 services a small number of long haul destinations, but mostly it is used for flights to Europe by Non - UK Airlines. Again there is a small number of exceptions to this rule, meaning that some flights out of terminal 2 maybe provided by other Airlines and could service any destination.

Terminal 2 started life as Heathrow Airports main terminal, first opened in 1955. Back then it was called the "The Europa Building" and it was used for short haul flights. In the last 5 years this terminal has be totally overhauled, improving the airside facilities and providing brand new services at total cost of around 86 million pounds. Terminal 2 now contributes around 8 million passengers a year to Heathrow airports total number of passengers served each year, and it is the home of some 28 Airlines.

Heathrow Terminal 3 - Terminal 3 is used primarily for long haul flights to South American, Asian and African Locations.

Terminal 3 was formerly known as "The Oceanic Building" and it was officially opened for long haul operations in 1961. The terminal is now home to around 43 airlines and services about 15 million passengers a year. Terminal 3 like other terminals has been the subject of re-development in recent years, the whole south-wing was re-developed in 1998.

Heathrow Terminal 4 - this terminal is used for all British Airways long haul flights. It is also used for British Airways flights to European destinations as well as to Tel Aviv in Israel. Up until very recently Terminal 4 was also used for Concorde flights, as Concorde has now been discontinued and no longer flies from Heathrow.

Terminal 4 was officially opened by royal personalities in 1986, it currently houses just 6 airlines. Terminal four has also undergone some redevelopment, although not perhaps as much as other terminals. Terminals 4 services around 14 million passengers a year, to long haul destinations.