Live Flight Arrivals at London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport Arrivals
When you are deciding which customs channel to go through remember that if you are arriving from an EU country use the blue exit.
If you are arriving from a country that is not in the EU then go through the red or green channels, depending on whether or not you have anything to declare.
Heathrow Airport is a main hub in the UK for making onward connections and in my experience it is also the main hub for luggage going missing when you are making connecting flights. So it may sometimes be worth collecting your luggage and re checking it in rather than checking it through to your final destination.
Always remember to leave plenty of time if you have to make a connection especially if you have to change terminals and/or re check in your luggage. As the airport is so large for some connections you will have to go outside the terminal building and take the Heathrow Express Train to another terminal.
Arrivals at London Heathrow Airport
Terminal 1 has two arrivals area, International and UK and Republic of Ireland. International arrivals is on the ground floor and this is where you will collect your luggage.UK and Ireland is on the first floor, again this is where you will collect your luggage before going through customs.
Terminal 2 arrivals area is on the first floor of the terminal building and has two arrivals area, International and UK and Republic of Ireland. International arrivals is on the first floor and this is where you will collect your luggage. UK and Ireland is on the first floor, again this is where you will collect your luggage before going through customs. Currently closed for redevelopment and the following airlines now operate from Terminal 4: Air France, Air Seychelles, Air Transat, CSA Czech Airlines, Libyan Airlines, Rossiya, Syrianair and Tunis Air.
Terminal 3 arrivals area is in a separate building to the departures area and is located on the ground floor. There are some European flights arriving at this terminal but it is the main terminal for long haul flights.
Terminal 4 arrivals area is located on the ground floor. European and Long haul flights land at Terminal 4 mainly operated by KLM and British Airways and their partners.
Terminal 5 is used exclusively by British Airways. Once through Immigration, passengers proceed to the Baggage Reclaim Hall which has 11 reclaim belts. You exit via Customs into the Arrivals Hall which is on the ground floor of the building.
The Interchange Plaza is outside Arrivals and passengers can walk from there to all forms of onward transport including the coach and bus station is on the ground floor of the car park and the railway station is located under the northern end.
Moving from one terminal to another at London Heathrow Airport
Terminal 1 and 2 are in the same building. Terminal 3 is also easy to reach by foot from terminals 1 and 2.
However, if you are transfer to or from terminal 4 or 5 to the other three terminals you will have to use the Heathrow Express Train which is free and takes around 8 minutes to travel to the other terminals.
Make sure you have your connection route planned before you commence your journey .Flight Connections are well signposted. You will have to go through a security check again
There is a Flight Connections Centre at the airport for use by all terminals.
The Centre is split on to 3 floors:
Level 1: Reception, airline desks, customs and security
Level 2: Lounge area
Level 3: Coaches linking terminals 3 and 4
Just after customs there is a shop (World Shopping), where you can stock up on wines, tobacco, spirits, perfumes etc.
In all arrivals areas there is a meeting area, which is clearly signposted. If for some reason you can't locate this another good meeting point is the Information Desks.