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Air France and KLM returning to Heathrow Terminal 4 with virtually no notice

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Air France and KLM are moving from Heathrow Terminal 3, and will return to their original home in Terminal 4 at the start of the Summer timetable on 26th March.

This begs far more questions than it answers:

  • Why is this happening with virtually no notice?
Heathrow Terminal 4
  • Why has this not been announced to the public? As of last night, the Heathrow website still showed the airlines in Terminal 3 for April flights and there is nothing on the airline websites.
  • What will happen about a lounge, given that the SkyTeam lounge was closed down?
  • What happens to passengers who have a tight connection to/from a Virgin Atlantic or Delta flight in Terminal 3 and were expecting a quick transfer rather than the long trip from Terminal 4?
  • What say did Air France and KLM have in this move, given that the only winner seems to be British Airways? BA will undoubtedly increase its share of transfer traffic when passengers realise they won’t need a terminal change.

The only upside is that the front desk staff at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse will no longer have to turn away a steady stream of Air France and KLM elites each day who want access before their short haul flight.

With Air France and KLM moving back to Terminal 4, it would make sense to re-open the ‘permanently’ closed SkyTeam lounge, although clearly this depends on whether it was stripped out or not. SkyTeam has recently opened a new alliance-branded lounge in Sao Paolo so it has clearly not given up on the concept of alliance-branded facilities.

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Comments (25)

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  • Andrew. says:

    Good news about the second United flight to Newark from EDI. The 23:50 return flight will probably be really useful for inbound connections at EWR

  • John says:

    A mate of mine just let me know about this as we’re flying AF | LHR-CDG-SIN on the 31st March.

    Hadn’t received any notification from Air France but checked the booking this morning and the app’s updated to T4.

    Ordinarily I wouldn’t care, but I actually was looking forward to giving the T3 Centurion Lounge a try and enjoying a cocktail before our trip.

    I guess Plaza Premium isn’t the end of the world (despite the offering not being as special as the Centurion) but with my priority pass I would have appreciated the now defunct-maybe not-but probably Sky Team lounge. There is a big question mark over whether there’s going to be enough space in PP with the increased flight frequency.

    Hopefully they can do a short term deal with the other lounges whilst this issue is sorted.

    End of the day if the flight leaves on time and security is easier then it’s a winner but with this being our first long haul in 3 years, I’ve been planning lounges etc for a while!

  • Steve says:

    I discovered my KLM flight on 26th is now fro. T4. No email about this from KLM. I asked KLM which lounge at t4 I can use but was told they dont know, cant guarantee a lounge will be available, ask the airport staff

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