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Key spots around Heathrow

Key spots around Heathrow

Heathrow Airport covers over 1,200 hectares of land – but where is everything located at the airport?

Central Terminal Area (CTA)

As the heart of the orginal terminal and airfield layout, the Central Terminal Area (CTA) has seen a lot of change in Heathrow’s 70 year history! Much of the £11bn spent on upgrading the airport since 2006 has been spent in this area.

Key points at Central Terminal Area

  1. The Control Tower: This is where NATS Air Traffic Controllers direct the flights in and out of the airport.

  2. T3: Terminal 3 is now the oldest terminal in operation at the airport – it’s been in use since 1955.

  3. T1: Closed in 2015, much of the Terminal 1 building and infrastructure still remains in place.

  4. Pier 20: This pier was opened in 2006 in response to the development of the Airbus A380 and the need for larger stands to accommodate it. As a result, it still remains a great place to view both A380’s and the southern runway.

  5. T2 A: Opened in 2014 by Her Majesty the Queen, the new Terminal sits on the site of the original Terminal 2 that was demolished.

  6. T2 B: A satellite terminal that provides additional stands for T2A.

Key locations near T4

  1. BA Concorde: While the last BA Concorde flights took place in 2003, one aircraft from their iconic fleet still remains parked next to BA maintenance facilities.

  2. Myrtle Avenue: It’s not an official sight, but amongst Av Geeks Myrtle Avenue is one of the most visited locations to view and photograph aircraft from.