Air India’s London Heathrow Terminal Change Is Good News

London Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 — also known as the “Queen’s Terminal,” opened in 2014. It’s the home to a vast majority of Star Alliance airlines at Heathrow, and is probably my favorite terminal at the airport.

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London Heathrow Terminal 2

For whatever reason, up until now Air India has continued to operate out of Terminal 4, which is one of the less-nice terminals at Heathrow. This has meant that Air India has maintained their own lounge at the airport, rather than being able to share it with other Star Alliance carriers. While the lounge is well intentioned, it’s not especially nice.

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Air India Lounge Heathrow Terminal 4

Earlier in the year Air India announced that they’d be switching terminals at London Heathrow to join their Star Alliance partners, and initially the goal was to make the move by September 2016. That didn’t happen, though the good news is that a date has now been set. Air India will be moving to Terminal 2 at London Heathrow as of January 25, 2017, per a notice posted on Air India’s website:

Air India at London Heathrow Airport will be moving to Terminal-2, the Star Alliance Terminal from present Terminal-4 from 25th January 2017. Air India Check-in counters will be located in Zone-D.

Terminal 2 has four Star Alliance lounges, including the Air Canada, LufthansaSingapore and United lounges, so passengers have their choice of which lounge they want to use. As it stands, Air India operates flights from London to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Newark.

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Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge London Heathrow

I flew Air India earlier in the year in first class, though have been wanting to fly them between Newark and London in business class, which seems like a fun fifth freedom route.

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Air India 777 First Class

Air India even uses the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Newark (even if they can’t market it for the life of them), so this is an even better flight in terms of lounges now, given that passengers have access to good lounges at both Newark and Heathrow.

This is an all around positive change for anyone flying Air India to/from London, in my opinion.

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Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. I wonder if this will open T4 slots for GA? I think the SkyTeam lounge will do them better than the current No. 1 lounge at T3.. And of course it offers better connectivity with other SkyTeam members

  2. Very good news. I am impressed how Indians continue to make strides to become civilized people.

    *sigh* white man left early and left the job half finished.

  3. Credit, I think you’ll find that Indians civilised the white man, not the other way round.

    If not for the Indians, you wouldn’t have learnt the art of metallurgy to build your planes – The British adopted steelmaking technologies from India to propel the industrial revolution forward – and you wouldn’t have adopted their numerals, their mathematics, and their binary system to engineer the flight computers that fill your planes. You wouldn’t have had the English language either, if not for the common Indo-European link. Learn some world history that doesn’t either involve the confederate war or the omaha beach landing, for once.

    Lucky, come on. Reel the Nazis that populate the comments section of your website for once. I know they’re most likely trolling, because I refuse to believe people can actually be this intellectually deficient, but maybe I’ve overestimated America.

  4. I am an Indian by birth and having flown AI domestically and on some regional south Asia routes, I was completely put off by their service. But this was over a decade ago. Perhaps I should give them another try. Wonder if they have flat beds in business?

  5. @Make America Great Again

    “Indians civilised the white man”

    That is just as untrue as saying the white man civilized the Indians.

    Also, Credit was being sarcastic and snaking about what he saw was the tone of Lucky’s article. Trolls do that.

  6. By the way, man either Black Brown or White can’t be called civilized until he eats meat and says I love animals. Please save animals..

  7. Terminal 2 indeed is a marvellous place. Thank you for building such a fantastic facility. I had great experiences there. I look forward to flying to Heathrow again. See you!!

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