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American Airlines divides operations at Heathrow between Terminals 3 and 5

Aug. 14, 2021
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American Airlines divides operations at Heathrow between Terminals 3 and 5
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In a decision that could wind up causing confusion for some passengers, American Airlines announced it will now split up operations at Heathrow Airport between Terminals 3 and 5, according to One Mile at a Time.

The carrier will operate its flights to and from New York out of Terminal 5, alongside its Oneworld partner British Airways. All other American routes will originate from Terminal 3.

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The decision to divide and conquer across two terminals is a curious one. It would seem to make more logistical sense, at least for passengers, to have an airline operate all of its flights from the same terminal.

American moved all of its Heathrow flights to T5 in July 2020 as the pandemic forced the shuttering of T3 due to lack of airport traffic. A benefit of the move is it made it easier for American passengers to make connections with BA.

But now, those travellers who may not be aware that American is working out of two different terminals could find themselves a bit lost.

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Related: Inside the reopened Terminal 3

Another factor to consider with this split is how it affects travellers on the ground. The lounge situation in Terminal 3 isn't ideal at the moment. The Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge and the Qantas Lounge are both closed, as is the Admirals Club. The only Oneworld lounge currently open in Terminal 3 is the British Airways Lounge and it's limited to business-class flyers.

An American Airlines plane prepares to takes off from Heathrow Airport following the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

Related: New drop-off charge for Heathrow

Terminal 5 has the British Airways Galleries Club Lounge as well as the First Lounge that's reserved for Oneworld Emerald status holders. So, at least while most lounges remain closed in T3, passengers flying American between London and New York City would seem to have a much better lounge situation at Heathrow.

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