Heathrow Airport Terminal 5
Terminal 5 is Heathrow Airport’s newest terminal. Used exclusively by British Airways and Iberia, Terminal 5 is a state of the art building - the largest free-standing building in the UK. The glass and steel structure gives a feeling of space and significantly increases the building’s energy efficiency. If you are looking for an airport hotel at terminal 3 please see our Hotel Page.
The design of the new terminal began in 1989, but government planning permission was only granted in November 2001. The terminal was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on the 14th March 2008 and was open to passengers on the 27th March 2008.
Please use the links below to find out about various facilities offered in this as well as other terminals.
Facts and Figures
- Terminal 5 will be able to handle 30 million passengers per year, taking Heathrow's total number of passengers to around 90 million. This will make Heathrow the world's busiest airport.
- The new terminal building is big enough to fit around fifty football pitches across its five floors.
- The terminal's control tower is the highest in the UK.
- Around 18km of conveyor belt will be used to transport luggage around the terminal.
- It is the UK’s largest ever single site archaeological project, with over 100 hectares of land requiring investigation.
- So far there has been over 80,000 artefacts found throughout the project, including pottery, worked flint, a hand axe dating back to 3000BC, a wooden bowl and a wooden bucket dating back to 1500BC – 1100BC.
Terminal 5 is used exclusively by British Airways and Iberia.
This information is subject to change. If you are not sure which terminal you need, please check with your airline and look at our Flight Departures page.