Heathrow Terminal 4 reopens, Qatar Airways first to move back

Life at London Heathrow continues to return to normal, but this time with an even better Qatar Airways lounge in the mix.

By David Flynn, June 8 2022
Heathrow Terminal 4 reopens, Qatar Airways first to move back

London’s Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 will reopen on June 14, with Qatar Airways the first to move back its former home, where a fresh Premium Lounge awaits.

T4 was closed in May 2020 as the coronavirus decimated air travel, with Heathrow effectively shrinking to just two terminals at T2 and T5.

But 2022 has seen the recovery picking up pace, with the airport now expecting 53 million passengers across 2023 – although this remains a far cry from the all-time record high of 80.9 million passengers in 2019.

Never the less, at 65% of pre-pandemic traffic it’s time for T4 to swing back into action, Heathrow says, with the move primarily relieving pressure on British Airways’ Terminal 5 hub.

Qatar Airways has confirmed its return to T4 as of June 14; the Gulf airline and Oneworld member currently runs five daily flights between Doha and Heathrow – with two of those featuring the double-decker Airbus 380 – and a sixth flight is being added from July 17 for the busy summer period.

Qatar’s T4 Premium Lounge – generally regarded as one of the airport’s classiest spaces – has also undergone an extensive renovation and expansion.

Speaking to Executive Traveller in late 2019, a Qatar Airways executive said the Premium Lounge needed to grow in size in response to increased popularity for the both the airline and its London-based flights, where the schedule was prone to lounge-crowding peaks in the morning and early afternoon.

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XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

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Countries on the red list is shorter than most people think (although not as short as the green list). Possibly contentious putting Qatar and UAE on red list and keeping them there.

Without doubt it undermined certain competing airlines who transit at their hubs in these countries and their efforts to maintain long distance intercontinental networks at a time when BA is struggling to maintaining their own long range links.

I will not be surprised if anyone is going raise suspicion of interference and lobbying based on commercial and political interest beyond conventional “medical advice”


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