Alliance carriers Air New Zealand
and United Airlines will both locate to an overhauled Terminal 1 at London
Heathrow as of 10 June under the first stage of the alliance’s long-term move to
operate in the same terminal by 2012.
at Heathrow begin in earnest this month with the opening of its new Terminal 5,
from which Oneworld carrier British Airways will operate, and further
redevelopment work at the London
airport which culminates in the opening of the new Heathrow East terminal in
is already under way to redesign the check-in area at Terminal 1 to enable Air New
Zealand and United Airlines to relocate from
Terminal 3 to the Terminal 1 on 10 June where they will join Star members
Asiana Airlines, BMI, LOT Polish Airlines and South African Airways and soon to
start Heathrow services, US Airways.
a second phase of the move coinciding with the closure of Terminal 2 – on which
the new Heathrow East terminal will be built - Austrian, Croatia Airlines,
Lufthansa, Swiss and TAP Portugal
will move to Terminal 1 by November of this year.
remaining Star Alliance carriers – Air Canada, Air China, ANA, Scandinavian
Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines will continue
to operate out of Terminal 3 until 2012, when it is projected all the carriers
will operate in the same terminal.
Alliance CEO Jaan Albrecht says: “Of all our ‘move under one roof’ projects,
Heathrow is admittedly the most challenging. In an ideal world we would already
like to offer our customers a new state of the art facility today. But needing
to make use of the existing infrastructure, we will only be able to achieve
this through a phased approach together with the BAA and our member carriers.
annual passenger numbers at Terminal 1 projected to fall from the present 23
million to 15 million in 2009, the overall facility will be far less crowded
than in the past.”