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>>>Terminal 5 history
Opened officially by Queen Elizabeth II on 14th March and opened to the public at 04.00 on 27th March 2008. T5 according to BAA plans will allow the airport to cater for 80 million passengers annually by 2011, 87 million by 2016 and 90-05 million by 2030.
Terminal 5 is a glass building 396 meters long by 176m wide by 40m high, that's around the size of 50 football pitches. The building houses 175 lifts and 131 escalators. The terminal has no conventional check-in desks. Instead anyone not using the self-service check-in points or having checked in online use designated kiosks. Customer service desks can be used for extra capacity. 144 retail outlets at the time of opening.
Connected by a walkway to the Sofitel Heathrow terminal 5.

A new slip road was built from the M25 junction 14 giving direct access to terminal 5.
Short term car parking is located at the terminal itself with space for 3,800 cars and 150 motorcycles. For long term car parking you will need to use the shuttle coach service to and from the terminal.

The Railair coach service operates to Woking, Oxford and Reading from Terminal 5.
To transfer to other terminals use the Heathrow Express which is free between terminals. Alternatively use the 482 or 490 bus from outside arrivals for terminal 4 or the 441 for the central areas (terminals 1 and 3).

Coaches use stops 13-16 outside the terminal. National Express routes taking in terminal 5 include services into central London (Victoria), Oxford, Northampton, Cambridge and Norwich.
 main information zone in arrivals hall with help points dotted around terminal 5
Medical centre on 1st floor
23 restaurants and drink outlets including 6 bars airside
There are six areas with internet kiosks:
Two in the check-in area, at Caffe Nero and Lovejuice.
Three in departures after security (one in Bagel Street and one each in the main squares).
One in satellite Terminal 5B.
Wireless hotspots are available throughout Terminal 5.
Terminal has ATM's airside and landside.
Baby changing facilities located adjacent to toilets airside and landside.
Dedicated information zone on the arrivals concourse on the ground floor towards the north end of the building while help points are dotted around the terminal.
Left baggage office is in the check-in area on the top floor and can hold luggage for up to 90 days.
There are no shower facilities in the terminal other than those provided in some lounges.
All faith Prayer room in the check-in area before security control, at the north end of the building.  Also some after security near Gate 7 in the departure area, and in satellite Terminal 5B.

terminal 5 served by buses
51 - 60/61 - 71 - 350 - 423 - 441 - 482 - 490 - 724 - N9

You must be airside at least 35 minutes before your flights due departure time.
The satellite gates (prefix' B') are a 20 minute walk from the departures lounge, make sure you leave enough time for the walk.

Direct phone number for terminal 5: 020 8745 5555

Note: *this terminal is exclusively used by British Airways
British Airways BA 0844 493 0787
Iberia IB 0870 609 0500

Terminal 5 Layout Map - Click image to enlarge

Terminal 5 arrivals hall

Everything is clearly signposted
heathrow temrinal 5 sign

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