London Heathrow has confirmed plans to open a dedicated terminal for passengers arriving on flights from ‘red list’ destinations. The new plans are in response to concerns that travellers from countries with a high Covid infection rate are mixing with other passengers in the arrivals hall.
The UK’s largest airport reported it would open a dedicated arrivals facility in Terminal 3 from 1st June, before moving the operation to Terminal 4 ‘as soon as operationally possible’.
With many more passengers expected in the coming weeks and months after international travel resumed on 17th May, the new facility should help smooth the immigration process, reduce queuing times and stop travellers arriving from ‘red list’ mixing with others.
A Heathrow spokesperson commented:
“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 1 June for red list passengers arriving on direct flights. We will move this facility to Terminal 4 as soon as operationally possible.
“While opening this facility will be very challenging logistically, our hope is that it will enable Border Force to carry out its duties more efficiently as passenger volumes increase in line with the green list.”