British Airways announced on their website as well as their inflight magazine that EIGHT of their long haul destinations will be departing from Terminal 3 instead of the BA exclusive Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport effective October 14th 2015.
This will be hugely inconvenient especially for connecting passengers in London who thought the dreadful bus transfers through the colons of Heathrow were a thing of the past.
For years London-Heathrow has been one of my most hated airports in the world because of the permanent bus transfers that were required between the terminals. British Airways finally seemed to have eliminated this problem when they opened Terminal 5 which was also a major selling / advertisement point for them in the past years.
After some EU and North Africa flights already departed from another terminal in the past year, British Airways has now announced that it would also move eight of their Longhaul destinations over to Terminal 3.
You can access this information on the BA website here.
Flight switches on 14 October 2015
Terminal 5 to Terminal 3
From 14 October 2015, British Airways operated flights between London Heathrow and Accra, Cape Town, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, Nairobi, Phoenix and Vancouver will move to London Heathrow Terminal 3.
If your flight is due to arrive on 14 October onwards from any of the above airports, you will arrive at London Heathrow Terminal 3.
Flights leaving previously from Terminal 1 have now been spread across Terminals 3 and 5.
Flight switches on 30 June 2015
Terminal 1 to Terminal 3
On 30 June 2015, British Airways flights between London Heathrow and Bilbao, Hanover, Luxembourg, Lyon and Marseille moved to London Heathrow Terminal 3.
Terminal 1 to Terminal 5
On 30 June 2015, British Airways flights between London Heathrow and Amman, Baku, Beirut and Cairo moved to London Heathrow Terminal 5.
While this limits BA’s operations to two terminals in London it is in my opinion far from desirable for obvious reasons.
Having to transfer between terminals in Heathrow is a real drawback for passengers traveling to and from these effected destinations.
The other issue are the lounges. While Terminal 3 will have both a Galleries (Business Class & Sapphire members) and a Galleries First (First Class & Emerald Members) lounge, it does not have a Concorde Room as far as I can see. This is a huge disadvantage for First Class and Concorde Card travelers.