Arrival times and other important information

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 three 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 and you may not be able to check in your bags.


Remove liquids from hand luggage 

Remember, you can only take liquids on the plane that are in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml. This includes creams, gels, pastes, aerosols and make-up. 

Remove each item from hand luggage and place them all 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.


Airline and route moves

Some airlines have moved terminals this summer.  You should always keep in touch with your airline to confirm which terminal your flight departs from before travelling to 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.

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  • Heathrow
    Stuart Messham
    Airport news, Blog,
    The increasing demand for air travel across the world has seen the return of the much-loved super jumbo to Heathrow’s runways. So let’s take a moment to celebrate the “giant of the skies”…
    The Airbus A380’s first flight was on 27 April 2005.

    The Airbus A380 is a double-decker, wide-body, four-engine super jumbo jet manufactured by Airbus Industrie – and it’s known as “the flying whale” for a reason…

    It’s the world’s largest airliner with nearly 6,000 square feet of usable floor space between its two decks and can carry up to 853 passengers if all seats are economy class.

    It has the largest crew of any airliner: a cockpit crew of 3 and up to 21 flight attendants.

    Its wings are 54% larger than the wings of a Boeing 747 aircraft and it can carry a whopping 113 more passengers than the 747-400 in a typical seating configuration.

    Weighing 1.3 million pounds and with a 261-foot wingspan, the airport runways it uses have to be specially modified to handle it.

    It has 4 million individual components, produced by 1,500 companies across 30 different countries

    The three layers of paint alone its 4400m2 surface weigh around 500kg. (It takes about two weeks to paint!)

    And every Airbus A380 has 330 miles of wiring which, if you laid it out end-to-end, would stretch all the way from Heathrow to Edinburgh.

    Welcome back to Heathrow, Airbus A380. An incredible, awe-inspiring machine that we never tire of spotting around the airport.

    During take-off the A380’s wing can flex upwards by over 4m.
    A380s are built in Toulouse, France but the wings and Rolls-Royce engines are made in the UK.
    Emirates has bought 40% of all A380s made.
    Each plane cost over 400million pounds to build.
    Currently, no A380s are used as VIP jets.
    A380s are the only non-private jets that have shower facilities.


    Make sure you follow our Instagram and Twitter feeds for more exciting plane spotting around Heathrow.