On 13 November 1961, the “Oceanic Terminal” opened at London Airport (now known as Heathrow), providing a permanent building for passengers to access long-haul flights from.
Nine years later it was expanded to add a dedicated arrivals building.
At the time, it was only the second Terminal at Heathrow – joining the Europa Terminal, which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1955.
The airfield layout was significantly different back in 1961 with all of the Terminal buildings located at the centre of 6 runways that were affectively in a Star of David formation.Airlines operating from the airport at the time included BOAC and Pan American.
Facts about Terminal 3 today:
Terminal 3 is one of three terminals in our Central Terminal Area. Terminal 1 closed in 2016 after 47 years. The original Terminal 2 was demolished, with a new terminal opened in 2015.
Terminal 3 and Central Terminal Area’s future…
Due to growing passenger numbers, Heathrow’s current proposed masterplan for the future includes the redevelopment of the Central Terminal Area to increase passenger capacity – including the demolition of Terminal 3 and Terminal 1.
Terminal 2 | The Queen’s Terminal will be extended to provide more passenger capacity, while in place of the old Terminal 3 a series of satellite terminals will be constructed.
This new layout will create not only new and improved passenger facilities – but the “toast-rack” layout of the airfield will allow for more efficient movements of aircraft.