Heathrow Airport baggage hall

 

As summer approaches all airports reach their peak periods of activity, Heathrow is likely to be even busier than usual. This can be quite daunting if it’s your first time using the airport, so here are a few things to bear in mind…

Delays and cancellations

It happens to us all at one time or another, and there’s precious little you can do about it. However, checking the official Heathrow airport website before you depart will give you advance warning. You can even use their flight alerts by SMS service to have them send you essential flight information via your phone.

Checking in

British Airways planes at Heathrow Airport

If you’re travelling in the UK or the EU, you should arrive two hours before departure. Anywhere further than that, and you’ll require three hours.

First, you need to locate your check-in zone. These are displayed on the departure information screens at each terminal.

You can check-in online, selecting your seat and printing your boarding pass before you arrive. Some airlines allow you to check-in via mobile, sending a boarding pass to your phone.

Most airlines use a self-service check-in, where you can choose seats and print boarding cards without airline staff involvement.

Hand baggage

There are many items you are prohibited to bring onto a plane. These include no liquids over 100ml, and no blades over 6cm. A full list of prohibited items can be found here.

Shopping and eating

There are a number of places to eat and drink at Heathrow, from Wetherspoons to Fortnum & Mason’s. As for shopping, all the big names are at Heathrow, from Armani and Hugo Boss to high street regulars like Boots.

If you’re in need of a taxi from Bath, Bristol, and surrounding to Heathrow airport, get in touch with Bath Taxi Transfers today to make a booking. We offer a first-class airport transfer service to and from Heathrow. Contact us for more details.