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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  • Heathrow – the ‘plaice’ for sustainable fish

    The ‘plaice’ for sustainable fish

    Heathrow – the ‘plaice’ for sustainable fish

    Benito De Rosa

    To coincide with World Ocean Day on 8 June, Heathrow has netted the first Sustainable Fish Airport Award. It comes courtesy of Sustain – the alliance for better food and farming in recognition for all the hard work happening below the surface which is starting to make some serious waves.

    First sustainable fish airport

    All businesses operating within the airport have signed up to the Sustainable Fish Airports pledge and have agreed to adopt a sustainable fish buying policy. This policy will see the removal of ‘red-rated’ fish and promote only the best choices of seafood to customers. The rating comes from the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) traffic-light and number system to classify the sustainability of fish – red is the worst and is rated ‘5, green is the best and has a ‘1’ rating. You can find out which fish are the most sustainable on the MCS Good Fish Guide .

    That means whenever you order a fish dish at the airport, you know that it comes from a trusted source and you are playing your part in preserving the future of our oceans. Whether it’s a smoked salmon starter or a traditional fish and chips supper, menus are being completely redefined to make choosing sustainable options, simple

    Preserving the oceans

    Ben Crowley, Head of Food and Beverage at Heathrow sums up by saying; “We’re immensely proud to be able to offer our passengers the very best and demonstrate that quality and taste need not cost the ocean.”. Some restaurants, like Comptoir Libanais, Giraffe and Yo! have gone one step further and have adopted the initiative at a national level with the guiding principle

    “Avoid the worst, promote the best and improve the rest…”

    If this story is making you feel hungry for more, next time you are at Heathrow why not visit one of our restaurants and enjoy some sustainable fish for yourself.