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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  • Interactive route map

    Need some inspiration for your next adventure? The whole world is at your fingertips with Heathrow’s interactive route map.

    Explore all our destinations

    Every destination on our interactive globe is reachable via Heathrow – and there are over 200 of them to choose from. Just manipulate the globe to see the different destinations: turn, swivel and zoom to explore and reveal more. When you’ve decided which one’s for you, select it for more information.


    Investigate your chosen destination

    In this example we have chosen Stockholm. If you select ‘See Destinations’ in the pop-up box, you’ll see a zoomed-in map of the city and be able to access more video content where you see the ‘Play’ icon. You can also share the destinations with friends and family via email or by copying the link.


    Discover our flight planner

    As well as using the map, you can also ‘Search Destinations’ in the LH module. Just type your destination into the field and the route map will calculate the flight time and the distance in kilometres to your chosen destination. Plus, if you select the date you wish to travel on the available calendar, you will get a handy list of available flight times on that date. From here you can select your preferred flight time and even ‘Book Flight’ to be taken to the relevant airline’s booking portal.