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Arriving early at airport

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Arriving early at airport

Hi all,

We'll be flying from heathrow for a long hail flight at 21.30. However, our bus will arrive at Heathrow at 16.30. We plan to check in online the day before. Please could anyone tell me if we would be able to drop our suitcases off straight away and go straight through to departures, even though this will be 5 hours before the flight? We're flying with British airways. Thanks!

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1. Re: Arriving early at airport

Someone asked the same thing in Flyertalk. It was said there that baggage drop opens at 5am for business class, first class and status passengers, but "for the mere mortals" only 3 hours before.

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2. Re: Arriving early at airport

It should tell you in the itinerary you received when check in opens. BA have been known to do it before the three hours, but they state it on the itinerary or always have on mine.

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3. Re: Arriving early at airport


Are you concerned about having to wait around for up to 2 hours before dropping your bags?

If you're departing from Terminal 5, and that's where the bus drops you off, then (IF you successfully did online check in and have your boarding passes, and can't drop bags) then you could go off airport to a local pub and get a bit to eat (even with your luggage) - http://oldenglishpub.co.uk . Go to stop 7 outside the terminal and take the 423 London bus to the White Horse pub (first stop, less than 5 minutes) where you could spend an hour or so. The bus (both directions) will be free as it's within the Heathrow free bus zone. It runs every 20 minutes, and here's the timetable for the journey back to T5 - …tfl.gov.uk/user/AHF/TLJJP17P1__00006bd0.pdf

Edited: 04 May 2014, 10:59
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4. Re: Arriving early at airport

You probably will only be able to check luggage 3hrs before check in, you could leave it at the left baggage office in T5


It's £5 per bag for up to 4hrs which should be just fine for you.

Their dedicated website is


Hope this helps

Edited: 04 May 2014, 11:02
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