Staff say a fond farewell to Terminal 1
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.”