Heathrow Terminal 5 walk to your plane
If you are flying from Heathrow Terminal 5 chances are you are flying British Airways, opened in 2008 and at 353,020 square meters it is the largest of the Heathrow Terminals. Air side there are some great shops, restaurants and both the British Airways lounges and now in addition two commercial lounges. British Airways has flights to over 180 destinations in 90 countries and as such needs a good number of gates to keep things moving.
The Terminal is sub-divied into three with T5A housing the vast majority of services and facilitates. As you arrive for your flight or leave on the way home that will be through T5A, check-in desks, passport control and security are also all housed here. Most shops, restaurants and lounges are also in T5A although you will find some smaller concessions in the two satellite terminals T5B and T5C.
In general British Airways flights to short haul destinations depart from T5A with those to long haul destinations departing from either T5B or T5C, although you should always check departure boards before setting off for a gate.
Transit between T5A onto T5B and T5C is courtesy of lifts down to a underground train that shuttles back and forward, it’s quick, convenient to use and fast. However there is another way if you have the time and fancy a little walk before sitting on the plane.
As you enter the lifts and locate the control panel look for Transit Walkway on level -4. You may see Staff Only on the signage, however the walkway is open to passengers. As you emerge from the lift signage will direct you towards T5B and then onwards to T5C. You may notice the tunnel gradually sloping uphill as you progress towards T5C. If you get bored of the walk there are travelators in some sections.