Heathrow Terminal 4

Information on Heathrow Terminal 4

Heathrow Terminal 4 opened in 1986 and was predominantly designed to suit short haul, point to point, business travellers. This is why the gates are located so close to the departure lounge; it was thought it would expedite the transition for travellers.

The Terminal underwent a £200 million refurbishment between 2009-2014 and it’s now home to 34 airlines and handles approximately 9.5 million passengers each year. The flights now operating from Terminal 4 are mainly for long-haul and European destinations, with Air France, Etihad Airlines, and KLM being some of the major airlines flying from this terminal.


Heathrow Airport Check In

Check-In is located on the first floor of the terminal, along with Flight Departures. The roof of Terminal 4’s short term car park is on the same level giving passengers direct access. Flight Arrivals are located on the ground floor. Remember to always leave yourself plenty of time to not only travel to the airport, but to check in for your flight! Below we have suggested how long before departure you should check in;

Boarding usually begins around 45 minutes before departure but please check with your airline.

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Self Service Check-In

Self service check-in is available with many airlines; it is simple and safe to use and can save you a lot of time at the airport. Self service check-in is available both online and in kiosks located at the airport. Although Terminal 4 has kiosks located near the standard check-in desks for passengers to use, it’s always best to check with your airline to see if you can use this service.

Online Check-In

Online check-in is a great way to save time, and paper! Many airlines now offer this as an option a certain amount of time before your flight; you’ll usually receive an email telling you when you can check in. Many airlines also have their own dedicated apps for your phone, where you can check in and download your boarding pass in advance of arriving at the airport. These airlines will have dedicated bag drop areas near their check-in desks for you to drop your hold luggage.


Heathrow Terminal 4 Arrivals

Flight Arrivals are located on the ground floor of the terminal, and Flight Departures on the 1st floor. We have live information on Heathrow Flight Arrivals and Heathrow Flight Departures including scheduled times and destinations,details of delays and cancellations, and find out which terminal to use. International connections are not required to pass through Immigrations or Customs but all International to Domestic connections do. Domestic to International connecting passengers can use special Immigration check points if baggage is through-checked.


Left Luggage

Left luggage facilities are available in Terminal 4; simply head to Excess Baggage Company, located at the west end of the Arrivals hall however and is open between 05:30 to 23:00, (please visit our shopping page for more info on the other branches available).
The lost luggage services start from £7.50 for up to 3 hours of storage; please contact Excess Baggage on 020 8759 3344 for any queries or to book the service.

Airlines Terminal 4 Heathrow

Terminal 4 deals with long haul and European flights, across more than 30 airlines, serving multiple destinations worldwide. Below is an up to date list of the operating airlines from T4!
  • Aeroflot
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Algerie
  • Air Astana
  • Air France
  • Air Malta
  • Air Mauritius
  • Air Serbia
  • Alitalia
  • Arik Air
  • Azerbaijan Airlines
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines
  • Bulgaria Air
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern
  • El Al
  • Etihad Airways
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Gulf Air
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines System
  • Oman Air
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Saudia
  • Tarom
  • Tunisair
  • Uzbekistan Airways
  • Vietnam Airlines
This information is subject to change. If you are not sure which terminal you need, check with your airline and look at our Heathrow Flight Departures page.

Meeting Points

The meeting point is located in Arrivals, by the seating area opposite WHSmith.

Heathrow Terminal Information

There are three information points on Check-in Level 1 (departures level) and four throughout the Level 1 Departures Lounge. There is a Help Point located in the Baggage Reclaim.


Transfer between terminals

Getting between the terminals couldn’t be easier – see below for a quick guide on how to get to the others from Terminal 4;
  • Terminal 2 and 3: Take the free shuttle bus to either T2 or T3
    Journey Time: 20 minutes
  • Terminal 5: Go to Bus Stop 7 and take either the 482 or 490 (Heathrow Terminal 5) for free.
    Journey Time: 20 minutes

Lounges and Hotels at Heathrow Airport Terminal 4

Please visit the dedicated pages below for both airport lounges and hotels to find the best deals suited to your trip.
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For general information on the below facilities within Terminal 4, please follow the links to their dedicated pages.