Heathrow’s Terminal 4 celebrates 25 years of service
Monday 4, April 2011
Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 – Europe’s most improved terminal - is today celebrating its silver jubilee, 25 years after it was opened by Diana Princess of Wales and Prince Charles of Wales in 1 April 1986.
More people use Terminal 4 than live in London (8.3 million last year) and since it opened 284.6 million passengers have flown through its gates.
Terminal 4 is significant because it serves the world’s most unusual and far-flung cities. It boasts 38 airlines flying to 53 destinations including Taipei, Baku and Mumbai. Building links to emerging markets has been highlighted by British chancellor George Osborne as a key priority for British businesses and thousands use Terminal 4 every day to fly to China, India and Africa.
As part of Heathrow’s £1 billion a year investment programme, Terminal 4 has been massively improved in recent years and was recently ranked Europe’s ‘most improved terminal’ in a survey of leading airports by Airports Council International (ACI).
Built at a cost of £200 million and located at the south east of the airport, more than £170 million is being invested in an extensive modernisation programme so that passengers enjoy a 21st century airport experience. A 6,000m2 extension has transformed check-in while work continues in Baggage Reclaim and Arrivals.
This upgrade has enabled the airport to demolish the 1950s Terminal 2 and replace it with a brand new £2.2bn complex set to open in 2014. When the old Terminal 2 closed, many airlines were relocated to T4 which meant that check-in, which previously served 12 airlines, needed to be remodelled so that it could serve more than 45.
Chris Butler, Terminal 4’s operations director, said: “Terminal 4 is a window to the world and the direct links it boasts to emerging markets will be even more vital to British businesses as we seek to grow our way out of recession. For leisure travellers and tourists, it is also one of the most diverse terminals in the world and we revel in the unique mix of faces and languages that pass through it every day.”
Key facts about Terminal 4
1. 8.3 million passengers in 2010
2. 54,217 flights in 2010
3. 38 airlines (from March 30): Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Algerie, Air Astana, Air France, Air Malta, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, Air Transat, Alitalia, Arik Air, Azerbaijan Airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Bulgaria Air, China Airlines, China Eastern, Continental Airlines, Delta, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Jat Airways, Jet Airways India, Kenya Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Libyan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Brunei Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines (from March 30), Sri Lankan Airlines, Syrianair, Tarom, Tunisair, Uzbekistan Airways
4. 53 Destinations (from March 30): Larnaca, Moscow SVO, Algiers, Almaty, Paris CDG, Malta, Mauritius, Mahe (Seychelles), Toronto, Rome FCO, Milan LIN, Lagos, Abuja, Baku, Dhaka, Dubai, Sofia, Beijing, Shanghai, New York JFK, New York Newark, Houston, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Detroit, Minneapolis, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Belgrade, Ahmedabad (not direct), Amritsar (not direct), Delhi, Mumbai, Nairobi, Amsterdam, Seoul, Kuwait, Tripoli, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Casablanca, Marrakech (not direct), Tangier, Brunei (not direct), Riyadh (from March 30), Jeddah (from March 30), Colombo, Male, Damascus, Bucharest, Tunis, Tashkent
5. T4 has 25 gates
6. Four Heathrow Express shuttles an hour to CTA for connection with Paddington trains; London Underground station; National Express coaches; local buses 490, 482, 555, 557, 724
7. Two hotels on site - Yotel in terminal building itself; Hilton connected by walkway.
8. Area of terminal is 105,481 sqm: almost the size of the gardens of Kensington Palace
9. Terminal 4 short stay car park has 890 spaces; long stay car park 1703 and business car park 330
10. Home to Skyteam alliance - special Skyteam business class check in zone
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