Terminal 1 at London’s Heathrow Airport is scheduled to see its last flight off this evening. The terminal, once the largest passenger handling facility in Europe, will be knocked down to allow for the additional expansion of the brand-new Terminal 2.
Heathrow’s management has gradually moved airlines to other terminals and now only British Airways uses Terminal 1. The last flight to depart from the terminal will be BA0970. This flight is scheduled to take off at 21:15 and is bound for the north German city of Hanover.
The first flight from the brand new Terminal 1 in 1968 was operated by British European Airways, one of the airlines that was merged to form British Airways. Queen Elizabeth II officially inaugurated Terminal 1 in May 1969.
Terminal 1 is the last of Heathrow’s terminals to feature the flat concrete minimalist design that defined 1960s architecture. Draught blueprints for the area that will eventually be swallowed up by Terminal 2 show a glass structure reminiscent of Heathrow Terminal 5.
A source close to the airport’s management says there are no plans in the pipeline to reuse the name Terminal 1 and it will probably be consigned to history. The original Terminal 2 predated Terminal 1 as it opened for passenger service in 1955.
The closure of Terminal 1 to enable Heathrow to expand comes at an auspicious time. The Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, is due to announce its decision this week as to whether Heathrow or Gatwick airport should get a new runway.