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In 1961 the airport constructed a terminal to handle long haul flights, 'The Oceanic Building', on the site that is now terminal 3. The terminal opened on 13th November 1961. The terminal was only used for flight departures. In 1968 it was renamed to Terminal 3. In 1970 terminal 3 was extended to allow its use for arrivals as well as departures. The extension was also notable as seeing the very first moving pedestrian walkways in the UK. Further modernisation took place in 2007/2008 improving the check-inn areas and external forecourt/set down points.
Terminal 3 is Heathrow's second busiest terminal handling over 17 million passengers a year. Most popular destinations from here are to the USA followed by Canada, Japan and Singapore. Notable is that terminal 3 has its own dedicated landside prayer area.
This is the major terminal for long haul intercontinental flights and airlines. The departures level is on the ground floor and arrivals are on the first floor. The taxi/car drop-off area is outside the departures level. If you need to leave your car unattended you must use the short term cap park. There are fixed computer internet access console locations both airside and landside of terminal 3. This is in addition to the WI-Fi access that is available throughout all terminals provided by multiple suppliers. Cash machines (ATMs) and currency exchange counters are provided both landside and airside. There are a large selection of beauty shops, fashion shops, bars and food outlets both landside and airside of all terminals. There are information desk on both the check-in and arrivals (open 05:30-22:30) and departures level (open 07:00-21:30). There is also a separate dedicated bus and coach information desk.
There are two offices for left luggage services (for a charge of course):
Departures level, open 06.00 - 22.00) by Check-in Zone C opposite Turkish Airlines.
Arrivals level open 05.00 - 23.00 by the Arrivals Hall near the car hire desks.
If you have a need for posting facilities you will find both a post box and stamp machine in terminal 3. Heathrow is a no smoking area except for designated areas. For terminal three this is on the outside of the terminal by the main entrance to the arrivals area. Airside in the departure lounge area there is are glass-walled room where smoking is permitted. Terminal three has self service check-in facilities that can currently be used by passengers flying with Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Gulf Air, Japan Airlines, SAS and Virgin Atlantic Airways. Some airlines let you check-in online. Check with your carrier but currently these airlines have this facility British Airways, Cathay Pacific, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
This terminal has shower facilities located in the departures lounge.
You will find shuttle bus services to the pickup points at stands 4 and 5 on the forecourt pickup area outside departures on the ground level for rentals on the airport. For off-airport pickups use stand 7.
For the Hotel Hoppa Bus use stands 8 and 9.
Major car rental companies have desks inside the terminal including Avis, Hertz, National, Europcar, Budget and Enterprise. You will find shuttle bus services to the pickup points at stands 2 and 3 on the forecourt pickup area outside departures on the ground level for rentals on the airport. For off-airport pickups use the pickup point at terminal 2.
For the Hotel Hoppa Bus use stands 12-14.

Air Canada  AC 0871 220 1111
Air China  CA 020 7744 0800
American Airlines  AA 0844 499 7300
ANA  NH 020 8762 8977
British Airways  BA 0844 493 0787
Cathay Pacific Airways  CX 020 8834 8888
Egypt Air  MS 020 7734 2343
Emirates  EK 0844 800 2777
Ethiopian Airlines  ET 020 8987 7000
EVA Air  BR 020 7380 8300
Finnair  AY 0870 241 4411
Iran Air  IR 020 7409 0971
Japan Airlines  JL 0844 856 9700
MEA  ME 020 7467 8010
Oman Air  WY 0870 770 7319
Pakistan International Airlines  PK 020 7287 3342
Qantas  QF 0845 774 7767
Royal Jordanian  RJ 0871 911 2112
SAS - Scandinavian Airlines  SK 020 8990 7000
Singapore Airlines  SQ 0844 800 2380
Thai Airways  TG 0844 561 0911
Turkish Airlines  TK 0844 800 6666
Turkmenistan Airlines  T5 99312940039
Virgin Atlantic  VS 0844 874 7747
Vueling  VY 0906 754 7541

Terminal 3 Layout Map - Click to image enlarge

Terminal three
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