Heathrow T1 – Airport Guide

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How often have you travelled from Heathrow Airport? Ever wondered how Terminal 1 seemed to drop off your radar? It’s because they closed it in 2015!! We have always had a guide to each of the Heathrow Terminals on our site but after 47 years Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 1 closed its doors to passengers for the last time on the 29th June 2015, so we thought we would take a trip down memory lane because so many people still talk about it with us as they travel. British European Airways was the first operator to fly from Terminal 1 when it was opened by the Queen in May 1968 and at its peak, over nine million visitors passed through its doors each year.

Photo credit to BBC 

Did you know?

  • The first flight was a BEA 5362 to Edinburgh
  • At the time of opening, Terminal 1 was the largest airport terminal in Europe
  • The terminal operated BA Concorde charter flights – champagne specials which simply flew around the Bay of Biscay and back again.
  • The final flight to ever depart Terminal 1 was British Airways BA0970 to Hannover, Germany, which departed at 21:30 on 29 June 2015.
  • The last arrival into Terminal 1 was BA144 from Baku at 22.40 on 29th June 2015.

Airport Lynx have always offered a chauffeur service out of Heathrow Terminal 1 and as part of the three central terminals at Heathrow, T1 was well linked to the M4 motorway via the M4 spur road and through a tunnel under the north runway.

Photo Credit : Get West London

T1 has now been closed for the the redevelopment of T2, which will see it double in size by 2019, at which point the wrecking ball will turn its attention to Terminal 3.  Heathrow will then become a three-terminal facility – T2, T4 and T5 – that will be apparently easier to negotiate and can handle more passengers. Since 2003, Heathrow has invested £11 billion in transforming Heathrow. Heathrow passengers will now experience new, world class facilities in Terminal 5 and Terminal 2 and this was recognised at the 2015 World Airport Awards when Heathrow was awarded the ‘Best Airport in Western Europe’ by passengers. 

Today, over 80 airlines fly from Heathrow to over 180 locations worldwide, carrying over 72 million passengers and 1.4 million tonnes of cargo each year. The airport provides a wide range of facilities including those for business, children and disabled travellers. It also offers a full range of 1st class airport services, such as Airport Lynx. So when you are now flying into the newer terminals at Heathrow, Airport Lynx will monitor the airport website to check for flight delays and will send your car to arrive at the airport just after your flight lands.

Terminal 1 used to operate a very complicated seat allocation system which consisted of an aircraft seat map and stickers but whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, you can be assured that Airport Lynx will provide an uncomplicated and stress-free solution!

There are lots of stories surrounding celebrities that flew from Terminal 1, do you have any fond (or otherwise) memories of travelling to or from Heathrow?

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