24 MAY 2021
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Heathrow’s central area Terminal 3 is expected to re-open for flights from Red List countries under the Governments ‘traffic light’ scheme from 1 June.
With T4 also closed the choice was easy T3 sharing common transport facilities with the already open T2.
Both the airport and the Home Office had been under increasing criticism on the way Border Control had been dealing with all incoming international travellers. Huge queues have formed at the passport point with some passengers said to have been waiting up to six hours.
The airport said dealing with passengers from countries with different levels of alerts was “logistically very challenging”.
A Heathrow spokesperson said on Friday: “Red-List routes will likely be a feature of UK travel for the foreseeable future as countries vaccinate their populations at different rates.
“We’re adapting Heathrow to this longer-term reality by initially opening a dedicated arrivals facility in Terminal 3 from June 1st for Red List passengers arriving on direct flights.”
The move to dedicate a terminal to Red List passengers follows pressure not only from passengers and airlines but also Heathrow workers and Ministers.
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