Delta, Virgin to Return to T3 as Heathrow Reopens Second Runway

By Kurt Stolz on 6 July 2021
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London’s Heathrow Airport will reopen Terminal 3 as well as its second runway as it prepares for a surge in air travel with the reopening of the European Union to visitors with vaccinated status.

The reopening means that both Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways will return to T3 on or about July 15.  The runway resumed operations on Monday.

American Airlines, which was a long-time occupant of T3, will remain with its joint-venture partner British Airways in Terminal 5.    The airline had already made plans to relocate to T5 before the pandemic and the closure of T3 merely accelerated those plans.

Delta and Virgin operated out of the airport’s newest facility, Terminal 2, following the closure of T3 in May 2020.

The moves come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making plans to end many pandemic-era requirements such as the wearing of masks and social-distancing rules starting July 19, a day that the media has dubbed “Freedom Day.” Johnson’s government has said it will allow vaccinated travelers to return from medium-risk countries without having to quarantine, but has not promulgated any new rules on that front.

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