Etihad confirms its return to Heathrow Terminal 4

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For most of the past two years, London Heathrow Terminal 4 has been closed to regular traffic. There was a brief period during which the terminal was being used to process travelers flying into the UK from ‘red list’ counties but for the most part, it has been lying dormant.

Like all the pre-pandemic residents of T4, Etihad had to move into temporary accommodation as the pandemic ran roughshod over the travel industry and demand for flights plummeted, but with Terminal 4 now scheduled to reopen next week, the carrier has confirmed that it will be shuttering its operations in Terminals 2 and 3 and heading back to its original home.

The official reopening day for Heathrow Terminal 4 is 22 June (next Wednesday) and with London Underground and Heathrow Express confirming that their T4 services will also resume on that day, that’s when Etihad’s T4 operations will restart.

The Etihad T4 Lounge will also reopen on the 22nd – it can be accessed by First Class and Business Class passengers as well as by Etihad’s Platinum and Gold elites – and to celebrate the move back to T4 and the increased passenger demand that Etihad is seeing, the airline will, for a limited time, add a 5th daily flight to the Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow route (which should be good news for anyone looking for premium cabin award availability).

As things stand, the 5th daily flight between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow is scheduled to start on 3 July and will operate through to 10 September. This is what Etihad’s Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow schedule looks like for that period:

EY11 AUH 02:15 – 06:45 LHR 787-10 (Daily)
EY19 AUH 08:20 – 12:50 LHR 787-10 (Daily)
EY25 AUH 10:40 – 15:10 LHR 787-9 (Daily)
EY9 AUH 13:50 – 18:20 LHR 787-9 (Daily)
EY17 AUH 14:15 – 18:45 LHR 787-9 (Daily)*

EY12 LHR 09:30 – 19:15 AUH 787-10 (Daily)
EY20 LHR 14:50 – 00:35+1 day AUH 787-10 (Daily)
EY10 LHR 20:30 – 06:15+ 1 day AUH 787-9 (Daily)
EY26 LHR 20:45 – 06:30+1 day AUH 787-9 (Daily)
EY18 LHR 21:55 – 07:40+1 day AUH 787-9 (Daily)*

*This is the extra flight that’s being added from 3 July.

In addition to the extra flight added above, Etihad has also said that it will be increasing the number of flights that it offers to Ireland and that it will now offer a daily service between Abu Dhabi and Dublin (more good news for anyone looking for premium cabin award availability).

Bottom line

London Heathrow Terminal 4 is reopening on 22 June and as expected, Etihad has now confirmed that it will be back in its former London home in time for opening day with its lounge ready to welcome premium cabin flyers (and Etihad Guest elites) and with a new 5th daily flight on the way.

Featured image courtesy of Etihad