Heathrow Terminal 1
|Heathrow Terminal 1|
Heathrow Terminal 1
Location within Greater London
|Renovated||2005 (opening of Eastern Extension)|
|Client||Heathrow Airport Holdings|
Heathrow Terminal 1 is a now defunct airport terminal at London Heathrow Airport. Prior to its closure on 29 June 2015, it was only occupied by Oneworld member British Airways which operated just 20 daily flights to 9 destinations as the last remaining tenant. Its proposed demolition will enable construction of the second phase of Terminal 2.
A new pier (the so-called Europier) was added in the 1990s which increased the capacity of the terminal, catering for widebody aircraft. There was separation between arriving and departing passengers within the International section, although the terminal was not originally built to cater for this separation. In 2005, a substantial redesign and redevelopment of Terminal 1 was completed, which saw the opening of the new Eastern Extension, doubling the departure lounge in size and creating additional seating and retail space.
Since the buyout of British Midland International (BMI), British Airways served some short- and medium-haul destinations from this terminal. Virgin Atlantic operated its short lived Little Red UK domestic operation from the former BMI departure area in Gate 8 of Terminal 1.
Terminal 1 closed on 29 June 2015 to allow the second stage of Terminal 2's expansion. Ahead of its closure, all remaining flights were moved to other terminals. Several airlines had already left Terminal 1 ahead of this date during 2014 and 2015. The last tenants alongside British Airways were Icelandair, El Al and TAM Airlines; the third one moved to Terminal 3 on 27 May 2015.
The final flight to ever depart Terminal 1 was British Airways BA0970 to Hannover, Germany, which departed at 21:30 on 29 June 2015. British Airways was the last airline to operate out of Terminal 1 with flights to Amman-Queen Alia, Baku, Beirut and Cairo which all moved to Terminal 5 and to Bilbao, Hanover, Luxembourg, Lyon and Marseille which all have been relocated to Terminal 3.
Due to its impending closure, there were just seven shops left airside in the terminal by June 2015: Boots, Cocoon, Dixons Travel, Glorious Britain, WH Smith and World Duty Free. There was an airside link to Terminal 2 allowing passengers to use the facilities in that terminal. The Star Alliance lounge, the El Al King David Lounge and the Servisair lounge were closed prior to the closure of the Terminal. The British Airways International lounge near Gate 5 was operational until the end. The gates at Terminal 1 were numbered 2–8, 16–21 and 74–78. In early 2017 it was announced that the global auction firm CA Global Partners would host a series of auctions and private treaty sales involving all of the remaining contents of the terminal.
As part of the three central terminals at Heathrow, it was well linked to the M4 motorway via the M4 spur road and through a tunnel under the north runway. There was a short stay car park directly opposite the terminal and there was also a long stay car park on the Northern Perimeter Road by the northern entrance to the tunnel accessed by a shuttle bus service.
Terminal 1 was accessed by the London Underground from Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 tube station, with trains towards Cockfosters station via Central London. The Terminal was also accessed by Heathrow Connect and Express from Heathrow Central where services go to London Paddington.
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