The UK’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) has announced plans to reopen Terminal 3 this month as the Covid-19 travel restrictions continue to lift in the country.

The terminal has been closed since May last year as passenger numbers dropped during the Covid-19 pandemic.

After more than a year of restricted travel, the aviation industry in Britain is now preparing for a higher number of travellers as the government is expected to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated passengers travelling to some countries.

From 15 July, the airport plans to reopen the terminal for all flights operated by Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines.

With the reopening of Terminal 3, all the four terminals of Heathrow Airport will be fully operational.

The airport is planning to use Terminal 4 as a dedicated hub to process arrivals from high-risk locations mentioned on Britain’s ‘red list’.

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Passengers travelling from these locations are required to quarantine in a hotel for ten days.

Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye was quoted by Reuters as saying: “With passenger demand expected to increase when ministers permit fully vaccinated passengers to travel more freely, Heathrow is getting ready to welcome you back.”

Last month, the airport appointed Glendale to provide full-scale grounds maintenance service comprising two sub-packages.

The first package was for landside that has already commenced from 1 April 2021 and the second package covers works carried out airside and will begin from 1 January 2022.

Under the contract, activities to be executed by Glendale include grass cutting, shrub bed maintenance, weed control, hedge maintenance, woodland management and reinstatement works.