Much of the advertising, footfall and, of course, glamour of airports is associated with the leisure traveller; however, just as critically important to airlines and where they operate is that other form of passenger, the business traveller. This is true, maybe more than anywhere else, at Heathrow Airport, where all five of its terminals are dedicated to providing excellent service and fantastic facilities for business flyers. Here are five instances where you’ll find this is exactly the case…
1. Fast Track
A priority service for business class travellers that’s offered by several airlines, Fast Track’s big selling point is that it can make the rigmarole of getting from the car park to the airport, checking-in and boarding up to half-an-hour faster. Depending on each airline’s offerings, it usually includes dedicated parking and access to duty free counters as well as priority check-in and boarding channels.
2. Executive lounges
You’ll find that, unsurprisingly, business lounges are dotted here, there and everywhere throughout Heathrow, but you may be especially attracted to the fact that, whoever you’re flying with and whatever your travel class, you can pre-book access to No.1 Traveller lounges at both Terminals 1 and 3. Moreover, the same company operates a lounge at Terminal 5 (open 5.30am-9pm, Monday-Sunday), the big draw of which being it offers fantastic restaurant-quality food via ‘Gordon Ramsay Plane Food’. Breakfast is served from 5.30am-12noon, while daytime dining’s available from 12noon-9.30pm.
In general, though, executive lounges are ideal for indulging yourself and getting in some extra relaxation – especially before a long flight. You can order your favourite tipple and put your feet up or, alternatively, get some last-minute work done (there’s complimentary Wi-Fi available in Servisair’s Terminals 1 and 3 lounges and in No.1 Traveller’s Terminal 3 lounge – the latter too even has bedrooms, should you fancy catching forty winks).
3. Priority Pass
If you’re a frequent flyer then you may already be aware of the Priority Pass programme; it ensures its members can gain entry to more than 600 lounges in at least 100 different countries throughout the world. As far as Heathrow business facilities go, Priority Pass gives you access to the following lounges: Servisair (Terminals 1 and 3), Plaza Premium (Terminal 2), United Club Lounge (Terminal 2B), No.1 Traveller (Terminal 3) and SkyTeam (Terminal 4). Why not treat yourself to one of them – even if you’ve just enjoyed a business stay near Heathrow airport ?
4. Other lounges
• Terminal 2 – among the other lounges here are those offered by airlines in the Star Alliance group, including Air Canada and Lufthansa, while Singapore Airlines and United Airlines maintain lounges in the T2B satellite terminal; needless to say, they all offer modern, comfort-themed features, such as the work-friendly ‘productivity pods’ at Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris lounge. Outside the Star Alliance umbrella, Aer Lingus also has a lounge here
• Terminal 3 – the big draw of this terminal’s business lounges is that you can upgrade in order to gain access to them. Indeed, you might well be tempted to do so for No.1 Traveller’s flagship lounge, offering, as it does, complimentary dining and drink, bedrooms, a spa and a family room; moreover, you’ll also find here lounges operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, Emirates Airlines, SAS (Scandinavian Airlines), Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic – the latter even offers a chauffeur service to the airport; yes, really
• Terminal 4 – be sure to check out the lounges offered here for first and business class travellers by Air India, Etihad Airlines, Gulf Air, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways
• Terminal 5 – this terminal’s very British Airways-friendly when it comes to lounges, offering one each for its First Class, Club World, Club Europe, Gold and Silver Executive Club travellers; work and relaxation areas, bars, restaurants and spas are all the other of the day.
5. Office Space
Finally, if you run or work for an internationally-focused business, you may be interested to learn that Heathrow also owns and manages property that it rents out for offices, stores and lounges. You’d have to contact Heathrow Airport directly to find out exactly what it might be able to offer you in this regard – should you think operating in the busiest airport hub in the world may be beneficial for you – but it may well be worth considering.
Alternatively, your company might strike a good deal in renting office space not actually situated in the airport perimeter but within close proximity to it, such as in the nearby Hounslow and West Drayton areas. Something to ponder, perhaps?