It’s the end of an era. Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 1 has said goodbye to its final passengers and is now closed after 47 years of service.
The terminal waved off its final flight, a British Airways flight heading to Hanover. It’s only fitting, given that BA was also the first airline to operate from here. The terminal has seen millions of passengers pass through this doors and take off from its runways. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in May of 1968.
Since 2003, £11 billion has been invested in transforming Heathrow Airport into a world-class airport. With the shiny and new Terminal 2 now open and Terminal 5 as busy as ever, it was time to close the doors on Terminal 1. The closure will make way for new and improved services and eventually an extension of Terminal 2 will take its place.
Terminal 1 was once the biggest short-haul terminal of its kind in all of Western Europe, seeing 9 million passengers a year at full capacity.