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Heathrow opens new viewing area

by Matt Falcus
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London Heathrow airport has opened a new viewing area in Terminal 4, called View Heathrow.

The room offers views over the southern runway (09R/27L), the stands at Terminal 4, and some distant stands at other terminals. It also boasts a view of the stored British Airways Concorde (G-BOAB) which remains at Heathrow.

The viewing area was created out of an old lounge, and sadly is only available to airside passengers who have passed through security (with a boarding card). But if that’s you, it’s an excuse to check in a few hours early to enjoy the view.

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From the pictures it looks like photography is possible, albeit through glass. You will enter the room through a faux aircraft door and stairway, and it is free to use the room at any time the terminal is open.

Have you used the new viewing area? Why not post some pictures of it on our Facebook page!

Visitors to View Heathrow can get involved with the airport’s social media team by hashtagging their spectacular Instagram pics and Twitter comments using #ViewHeathrow.


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Paul Newman January 3, 2014 - 1:20 pm

When are they going to open something landside in T2 would be good

Paul Underwood March 3, 2014 - 12:04 pm

The old queens building was super and you could get food and drinks plus aviation spotting gear also.
If the airport ran a members security system like Birmingham it could benefit it with the spotters being another pair of eyes. I do think it is time for us to have a better location.

pete July 29, 2014 - 5:11 pm

I used to love visiting the old queens building it was a sad day when the viewing area closed.wish there was somewhere now to view planes at heathrow.

Christopher Frey December 30, 2014 - 4:06 pm

I agree with thew comments !
I loved to spot from Heathrow ! I still love to do it. Please open other options dear airport authorities !

malcolm mclean January 23, 2015 - 2:17 pm

why dont they think about all the aircraftspotter from all over the world.

nicholas milnes February 13, 2015 - 11:56 am

what the point opening a viewing area when only passagers withairside passengers who have passed through security (with a boarding card) can use it derrrrrrrrr are they thick at heathrow or what spotters spend lot money on food plane spotteing stuff and that that there losing out on or there bother about passergers not spotters

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Barbara Jarman June 29, 2015 - 3:57 pm

It was a very sad day when the old Queens Building viewing area closed,as a child I used to go there very often with mum,we spent many hours watching the planes .you could always get something to eat and drink and you could spend as much time as you wanted there.The highlight for me was waiting to see the Aer lingus flight arrive or take off My uncle was one of the pilots back then it was wonderful watching him come down those stairs in his uniform.Unfortunately the children of today will never get this close to the planes unless their traveling on one .so much for progress eh!

Matt Falcus June 30, 2015 - 8:11 am

Thanks for the comment Barbara. Yes, it’s such a shame those days are gone and people can rarely get up close to aircraft at airports without a ticket any more.


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