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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  • Spring 2019 route updates

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    Route update: Zhengzhou, China


    Zhengzhou 郑州

    China Southern
    From 25th June 2019

    Heathrow gets non-stop flights to its 13th Chinese city in June, as China Southern begins operations to Zhengzhou – aka “iPhone City” – in the central Henan Province. It will be the first direct service between Europe and Zhengzhou.

    You won’t be surprised to hear that Foxconn’s giant factory in Zhengzhou can build half a million Apple phones a day – nor that the city has a population slightly larger than London’s. Yet this area is also known as the birthplace of Chinese civilisation, and another local nickname for Zhengzhou is the Green City.

    The remains of the city’s 3,500-year-old Shang Dynasty walls are a must-see, while nearby is the Dengfeng Shaolin Temple where kung-fu has been practised for over 1,500 years.

    The city stands on the Yellow River, and if you feel the need to escape urban life you’ll find the Yellow River Scenic Area has more than enough rugged mountains, river views, pavilions, ancient sculptures and beautiful gardens.

    Zhengzhou city has its share of temples, too, standing beside more modern attractions including the 388-metre Zhongyuan Tower (it has an observation deck and revolving restaurant on top).

    The ferris wheel in Renmin Park is another great way to look down on the city, while an evening spent wandering the night market is an essential Zhengzhou pastime.

    There’s a bewildering array of street food to choose from there – everything from slow-cooked chicken to Kaifeng dumplings to “stinky” tofu – and a buzzing atmosphere.

    China Southern flights to Zhengzhou from Heathrow Terminal 4 begin on Tuesday 25th June. The route is operated by 266-seat Boeing 787-8 wide-body aircraft, with departures on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 22:10.