United1 wrote:global2 wrote:skipness1E wrote:They're only held in T5A cos HAL won't release the gate into until the last moment, they are trapped in the shopping paradise by design. If you release the gate info when you know it, usually -90 or -120 for long haul, that might help
Could anyone explain why this is? It's rather aggravating to have gate information be a big secret until the last moment. What other major airport does this?
Money - Heathrow wants you to keep shopping and eating until the last moment possible as they profit every time a passenger spends a pound/pence in the terminal. Not so much when they are sitting at the gates.
The other problem with T5B and T5C is that you cannot return from there to T5A other than as an arriving/connecting passenger. So if pax head over to say T5B early about 120 mins before departure, and there is a late change of gate back to T5A, then the only way to get to your new gate is via the arrivals/connections channel and you have to clear security again. A nightmare and will lead to more people missing or delaying flights.
Not sure why the train cannot run as a simple airside shuttle in both directions, but at the moment it doesn't.