Travelling through Heathrow this Christmas

We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to the airport this Christmas and 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 time
Allow three hours to check-in before a long-haul flight and two hours to check-in before a short-haul flight – and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please don't turn up significantly early for your flight as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport and you may not be able to check in your bags. You can monitor current security waiting times using the Heathrow app and on your flight detail page.


Remove liquids from hand luggage
You can’t take liquids with a capacity over 100ml through security. Liquids under 100ml should be removed from your hand luggage and placed in a single transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than one litre capacity. Each bag must be able to close properly with all the items inside. These bags are available free-of-charge before security. Passengers are strictly limited to one bag of liquids per person.

(“Liquids” includes all drinks and syrups; creams, lotions, oils, perfumes; sprays, shaving foam, deodorants, gels and pastes; soups, jams, preserves, chutneys – and snow globes)


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  • Cornwall for emmets

    Cornwall for emmets

    Cornwall for emmets*: Ten things you might not know about Britain’s wild West


    Everyone knows Cornwall, don’t they? Even those who’ve never visited Britain’s sunshine coast can conjure a mental image of ice cream, rockpools, smugglers’ coves and picture-perfect fishing villages.

    Well, here’s your chance to prove you know your pilchards from your piskies. How many of these rock-solid facts about Cornwall did you already know?

    * Not sure what that means? You’re in the right place – read on.

    1. You are not a grockle

    That’s a Devon thing. In Cornwall they call visitors ‘emmets’, an old dialect word meaning ‘ant’. It’s suggested that this may be because both arrive in numbers, in summer, and are often coloured red.

    If someone refers to you as a DFL, it means they consider you an elite emmet. (It stands for ‘Down from London’).

    None of this is really meant unkindly, so don’t take offence – though you might want to politely ignore suggestions that you visit Porthemmet Beach.

    You can brush up on some more Cornish dialect (aka Anglo-Cornish) here. Don’t confuse it with the Cornish language (Kernewek), which is a Celtic tongue related to Welsh and Breton.

    2. Mind the snacks …

    A proper Cornish pasty has the crimp on the side. Jam before cream on your scone. Mix these things up at your peril. You aren’t in Devon now.

    Of course, if it’s all a bit confusing, there’s always fine dining to fall back on.

    Cornwall’s big-name restaurateurs include Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Jamie Oliver and James Nathan.

    3. … and the place names

    Time to practise. Fowey is pronounced ‘Foy’. Mousehole is ‘Mowzle’. But Doublebois is ‘Double boys’.

    • Launceston: LAN-sun
    • Marazion: Maraz-EYE-un
    • Heligan: Hell-IG-un
    • Liskeard: Liss-CARD
    • Widemouth: WID-muth.
    4. Nothing dates like the latest thing

    Before Newquay installed its new quay, in the 15th Century, the town was known as Towan Blystra, meaning Windy Hill.

    It probably didn’t do much for tourism back then, but today the name lives on in Towan Beach (one of 11 fine beaches near Newquay).

    And in the local Wetherspoon’s.

    5. Not all pirates had Cornish accents

    In the 17th and 18th Centuries, Barbary corsairs – pirates from North Africa – kidnapped thousands of Cornish people during coastal raids, and sold them into slavery. They helped themselves to a fair few ships, too. We must assume they did not come ashore shouting “Arrr”.

    Oh, and the early bits of Treasure Island? Devon.

    6. It’s made of beaches

    True, this is far from a national secret. But depending on whom you believe, Cornwall has between 300 and 400 beaches.

    The coastal path around Cornwall is 300 miles long – it’s a shorter walk back to London.

    Wherever you go in the county, you’re never more than 20 miles from the sea.

    7. It’s extreme (but Land’s End isn’t)

    Yes, if you must, Land’s End is the extreme westerly point of the English mainland. But the last bit of England before you hit America? That would be St Agnes in the Scilly Isles.

    And Lizard Point, famously the southernmost spot in the British Isles? Nope, that’s St Agnes too. By a couple of miles.

    Remote, wild and unspoiled the Scillies may be, but they’re a 30-minute flight from Newquay Airport. So a short break from London to enjoy diving, horseriding, sailing or beachcombing at the far end of Britain, isn’t such an extreme idea.

    8. OK, how about the myth about miners inventing pasties?

    Sorry, that one’s true. Perfect for one-handed eating in the muck and murk of a deep tin mine.

    These days, of course, there are EU rules about what can and can’t be called a Cornish pasty.

    What you might not know, however, is that they’re big in Michigan, thanks to expat Cornish miners.

    9. Prince Charles doesn’t own it

    Well, not all of it, anyway.

    Most of the heir to the throne’s Duchy of Cornwall land is actually in – you guessed it – Devon.

    Though he does own much of the coastline, and is apparently entitled to the estate of anyone in Cornwall who dies without a named heir.

    10. It’s only an hour from London

    Time was that a trip from London to Cornwall meant spending all day at the wheel, or five hours-plus on a train. Now it’s even practical for a day trip or a weekend away.

    Flybe’s Dash 8 aircraft whisk you from Heathrow to Newquay in just over an hour, leaving you plenty of extra time for surfing, sailing or sunbathing.

    And if you live in Cornwall, destinations around the world just became much more reachable thanks to Heathrow’s global route network.

    Flights depart four times daily, seven days a week in both directions, from 31st March 2019. For fares and bookings, visit