Travelling through Heathrow

As always, we’re looking forward to welcoming you to the airport and we’re working hard to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible. To help with this process, please be aware of the following:

 

Consider your arrival times

Allow 3 hours to check-in before your flight and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please do not turn up significantly early for your flight though, as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport.

 

Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions apply. Free drop-off is available at our Long Stay car parks.

 

Terminal 4 airline moves

Terminal 4 has re-opened and up to 30 airlines are moving there during the summer. You should always keep in touch with your airline to confirm which terminal your flight departs from before travelling to the airport. 

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  • For safety reasons, the following items cannot be taken on to an aircraft. Please do not pack them in either hand baggage or hold luggage.

    • Flammable liquids and solids
    • Oxidisers such as bleaching powders
    • Organic peroxides
    • Tear gas devices or any gas cylinders
    • Infectious substances such as live virus materials
    • Wet-cell car batteries
    • Magnetrons. Instruments containing mercury
    • Instruments containing magnets
    • Fireworks and pyrotechnics
    • Non-safety matches
    • Fire lighter, lighter fuel, paints, thinners
    • Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller
    • Radioactive materials, acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
    • Creosote, quicklime, oiled paper
    • Vehicle fuel system components which have contained fuel
    • Explosives, ammunition, detonators and related equipment
    • Smoke canisters and smoke cartridges.

    Packing tips - please ensure that:

    • Loose straps

      All loose straps are tied up or removed

    • Fasten flaps

      All flaps are securely fastened

    • Secure handles

      Extendable handles are retracted or secured

    • Remove old tags

      Old tags and barcodes are removed

    When deciding what to pack, please bear in mind:

    • Don't gift wrap

      Don’t wrap gifts as security staff may wish to view them

    • Utilise your carry-on

      Carrying in your hand baggage can mean a little extra comfort at the end of a long-haul flight, or if hold baggage is delayed

    • Carry for yourself

      Never carry anything on to an aircraft for anyone else