Cathay Pacific, Emirates move to London Heathrow Terminal 2

Fewer flights and passengers means it's time for London Heathrow to downsize.

By David Flynn, April 16 2020
Cathay Pacific, Emirates move to London Heathrow Terminal 2

London's Heathrow Airport will begin shifting airlines out of Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 this week, in response to vastly reduced flights and passenger numbers as the coronavirus settles in for an extended stay.

Cathay Pacific and Emirates are among the first to move, with both airlines being relocated from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2. T2 is the airport's newest terminal, having opened in June 2014, and primarily serves as home to all Star Alliance members.

Like most airlines, Cathay and Emirates have slashed their London flying: Cathay Pacific is down to just three flights per week, while Emirates is currently restricted to four repatriation flights each week between London and Dubai.

The temporary terminal of Qantas, another T3-based airline, has yet to be advised, along with T4 stalwarts including Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Some of the displaced airlines will be re-assigned to T5 "alongside the airlines that already operate there," London Heathrow says, as the airport takes steps "to reorganise and shrink our operation to remain open throughout this crisis.

Once T3 and T4 have been shuttered to airlines and passengers, they're expected to be used to park grounded aircraft.

As previously reported, British Airways has already moved out of Terminal 3 – which hosted many flights into Europe, with a handful of longer-range routes to the US and South Africa – and now operates exclusively out of Heathrow Terminal 5.

Passengers departing Heathrow on airlines which usually run from T3 or T4 and recommended to check the aiport's Terminal Finder before they travel.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


19 Apr 2012

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I expect all will move to terminal 5 and it will still be quite.

12 Dec 2012

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I'd assume that any oneworld flights still operating will move from T3/T4 into T5.

09 Apr 2020

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Can anyone tell me that, if my daughter flies from Milan to Heathrow and needs to wait overnight, can she stay in the terminal to wait for the Qantas retrieval flight back to Australia?

Would really appreciate help....I'm desperate to get her home.

Thank you.

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