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Heathrow has new owners... and they've got some BIG changes planned

Ferrovial, the former majority owner of Heathrow, announced in November that it had agreed to sell its 25% stake in Heathrow for £2.4 billion - but what does that mean for you and me?

Published by
Sean Rooney·26/02/2024

Ferrovial's stake has been split between two new investors, with 15% going to Ardian and 10% going to the Saudi PIF. The deal valued the airport at a whopping £9.5 billion, and with the proposed changes, the value of the airport, and therefore the amount of yearly passengers, is set to skyrocket. But what are these changes?

  1. Changes to Terminals - Heathrow currently has 5 terminals, with terminal 1 not even currently in use. They plan to combine terminals 2 and 3 to create a super hub, that would allow for easy travel between the terminals.

  2. Airline specifc check-in desks will be no more - Passangers will be able to leave bags at any drop-off point, the intention of this is to speed up the checking-in process, meaning you spend more time and money in the shops and bars (more time at Spoons is always a good thing 😉).

  3. AI-driven que management system - Using the power of AI, investors hope to slash wait times by 30%, replicating the success of Naples Airport and their use of AI

  4. No more luggage tags - using a QR code system linked to your booking info, a small tracking device will be placed in your bag, similar to an Apple Air Tag, which you can then track through your phone

This all sounds great, right? Let us know what you think about this major shake-up. As far as we're concerened, if it means less waiting time at the airport, we're happy.

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