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A brand new terminal
BA Terminal 5
Member Name: destiny2909
BA Terminal 5
Advantages: Light, airy and easy to get to.
Disadvantages: High parking charges
* Review is written from the view of someone coming to T5 to pick up a passenger.*
I came to T5 earlier this month to collect a friend off a transatlantic flight.
I drove to the airport via the M4 and found that the terminal was well sign-posted. Although it felt convoluted to get to (roundabouts and bridges etc), I never once had a "where on earth am I going?!?" moment. It was quite clear.
I followed the signs to the short stay carpark, which were also very clear. Considering it was a multi-story, the carpark felt as spacious and light as I imagine a multi-story can! Despite being lunchtime on a Monday morning, there were loads of empty spaces and parking was no hassle at all. Your row and level were also clearly labelled.
'Arrivals' was clearly sign posted and I quickly made my way to the right area and positioned myself by a barrier to wait. Although the terminal was busy, it didn't feel particularly full. The whole place felt light and airy.
As I waited, I realised there were in fact 2 doors that people were arriving out of! The doors were facing each other, about 300 yards apart. This meant I didn't know which way to look for my friend! It was only by fluke that I was looking in the right direction at the right time when she arrived!
Anyway, I got my friend and headed back to the car park. You put a ticket in the machine and it tells you how much to pay. I stayed about an hour and it was £10. Ouch!!!
Getting out of the car park, away from the airport and onto the motorway was quick and easy.
Summary: A nice terminal