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Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

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Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

As an FYI -

Starting April 2nd 2014, Delta will be switching its London Heathrow flights from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3. This is so they can co-locate with Virgin Atlantic in whom DL has a 49% equity stake and with whom they have an approved joint venture.

news.delta.com/index.php?s=43&item=2171

Note that the move away from T4 takes Delta out of the "SkyTeam terminal", and so connections between DL and their SkyTeam alliance "partners" will be longer and more cumbersome.

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1. Re: Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

Thanks USBT-got a flight in May with Delta from LHR and would've gone to T4 out of habit-not at all embarrassing!!! lol

Edited: 12:27 am, November 14, 2013
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2. Re: Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

Word of caution 289jumper,not all Delta flights are moving in the first wave.Delta will have a split operation T3/T4,so check which terminal your specific flight deparst from.

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3. Re: Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

Oops! Yes Rapidex is right. It'll be a split operation.

T3 - New York JFK, Boston, Seattle

T4 - Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis St Paul

Great. Just as United is about to end its split terminal operation (T1/T4, by moving to the new T2 in June) Delta decides to split it's own. If there are to be "two waves" then why couldn't they wait and move the lot in one go (after at least some of the Star carriers move out of T3)?

Edited: 2:05 am, November 14, 2013
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4. Re: Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

I'm just taking a guess here, and it s just that a massive speculation.

I'm thinking maybe it's a full refurb of a major hotel. They do it in stages to minimize disputations and its also a method of 'test in progress' to see if there are any unforeseen teething problems?

I'm just trying to see if from a logistics point of view.

Edited: 2:36 am, November 14, 2013
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5. Re: Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

Virgin's clubhouse is about to get a lot busier after the move...

Romford, United...
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6. Re: Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

Yep read the link and still would've trotted up to the wrong terminal like an idiot!!!

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7. Re: Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

It won't just be Delta; with the opening of the rebuilt Terminal 2 scheduled for opening in June 2014, there will be a lot of reshuffling of airlines and flights next year.

Madrid
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8. Re: Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

The reason is the new LHR terminal 2 opens in march 2014.United moves from T3 to T2 in june,and until that time T3 cannot accomodate all Delta's flights.

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9. Re: Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

As for moving a bit at a time, the main reason for that is to iron out any problems before all flights are moved - "big bang" solutions where everything happens at once rarely succeed. It's not as if many passengers on Delta will be transferring to other Delta flights at T3/T4 so the number of passengers inconvenienced by the gradual change is minimal

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10. Re: Delta to move to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow

T2 opens on June 4, and yes the airline moves are staggered over 6 months. United moves first from T1 and T4, and the first T3 switches (June 18) are Air Canada, Air China and ANA.

heathrowairport.com/flight-information/airli…

Delta's switch hasn't made the website yet, so no indication of when the second wave will be. And no indication as to whether US will move now the merger (and departure from Star) is on.