London Heathrow closes Terminal 4

The downsizing of London's major airport will see half its terminals closed as traffic plummets to just 10%.

By David Flynn, May 4 2020
London Heathrow closes Terminal 4

London's Heathrow Airport has pulled down the shutters on Terminal 4 on May 8 as the coronavirus continues to hammer flights and passenger numbers.

Over the weekend, the last remaining airlines based at T4 shifted to T2 – including Air France, KLM,  Etihad Airways, Korean Air, El Al, and Malaysia Airlines.

All rail services to T4 will also be suspended from Friday May 8.

Terminal 3 was closed last month, with most airlines – among them American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Finnair, Qantas and Virgin Atlantic – relocated 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.

T3 and T4 will remain closed "until the recovery phase of this unprecedented situation becomes clear," Heathrow Airport says, and in the interim are expected to be used to park grounded aircraft, with only T2 and T5 now remaining in operation.

Heathrow's passenger numbers for March 2020 were half that of March 2019, while traffic in April is expected to fall by a staggering 97 per cent.

Passengers departing Heathrow on airlines which usually run from T3 or T4 and recommended to check the airport'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.

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Malaysia Airlines, not Malaysian Airlines.

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Might I suggest that in the case of British Airways, passenger numbers have plummeted due to the airline cancelling its flights. Three of my domestic flights have been cancelled with BA apparently not thinking that business people in London might want to fly to Leeds or Manchester or Edinburgh

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