Staff say a fond farewell to Ter­mi­nal 1

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

HEATHROW Air­port bid an ‘emo­tional’ farewell as the last plane to de­part from Ter­mi­nal 1 took flight last week.

Staff waved good­bye to its fi­nal pas­sen­gers board­ing the 9.15pm Bri­tish Air­ways (BA0970) flight to Hanover, Ger­many on June 30.

This makes the air­line both the first and last to op­er­ate out of this ter­mi­nal.

Cap­tain Paul Imhoff, the pi­lot in charge of BA970 to Hanover, said: “I was inspired to be­come a pi­lot by fam­ily trips down to Heathrow Ter­mi­nal 1, so it is a re­ally nice hon­our and sym­me­try that I can lead the team on the last ever flight to de­part from the ter­mi­nal.”

All Bri­tish Air­ways flights are now op­er­at­ing from Ter­mi­nal 5 or nearby Ter­mi­nal 3.

The last flight was given a send-off by staff who have worked in the ter­mi­nal dur­ing the past six decades, who were treated to a spe­cial clos­ing cer­e­mony.

Keith Hayward, who worked for Bri­tish Euro­pean Air­ways, which was merged with BA in 1974, was work­ing at the ter­mi­nal of the day it opened. He said: “This build­ing is not just bricks and mor­tar, it has played a big part in Bri­tish Air­ways’ history, in my history.

“I was lucky enough to be here for the Con­corde flights around the Bay of Bis­cay, the Pa­trick Moore spe­cials to watch Hal­ley’s Comet, the shut­tle flights where you could turn up and pay on board.

“A lot has changed, a lot of it for the bet­ter. But this place was re­ally spe­cial.”

In the last year air­lines have been mov­ing out of T1 and into T2 – The Queen’s Ter­mi­nal – which opened with world class fa­cil­i­ties in June 2014 as part art of a ma­jor £11 bil­lion in­vest­ment.

Its clo­sure will make way for im­proved ser­vices which are be­ing built as part of an ex­ten­sion to the new T2. If a third run­way is ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment then it is ex­pected T2 will be ex­tended even fur­ther.

Ian How­ick, di­rec­tor of Heathrow for Bri­tish Air­ways, said: “It is great n TAKE OFF: The Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh open­ing th the new ter­mi­nal build­ing in 1 1969 news that we can once again look for­ward to hav­ing flights from just two Heathrow ter­mi­nals and of­fer our con­nect­ing cus­tomers a quicker and sim­pler jour­ney.

“Be­ing based in two ter­mi­nals rather than three means we can now use our fleet of short-haul air­craft in a more ef­fi­cient way and im­prove the sched­ules we can of­fer our cus­tomers.”

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