New base for Air New Zealand at Heathrow

New base for Air New Zealand at HeathrowAir New Zealand is operating out of a new base at London Heathrow Airport following a move carried out on July 4th, according to reports.

This change will enable the airline to offer a single check-in location at Terminal 1 for the first time since it launched a second daily London flight in October 2006.

The move from Terminal 1 at Heathrow had been scheduled for June 10th but was postponed to ensure that it could be carried out without too much disruption to passengers, TravelMole reports.

Scott Carr, the airline’s European general manager, said the shift went "exactly as planned".

He added: "Our new home at T1 is an exciting move for us, and will enable our passengers to benefit from the transformations already underway in the terminal, including a simple, easy to use check-in which will reduce congestion and create quicker processing times, a refreshed arrivals area and immigration hall, and upgraded baggage system."

The move is part of a plan by the Star Alliance airline network to have all of its members based under one roof at Heathrow by 2012.

Star Alliance recently opened its largest lounge at the London hub, which is open to first and business class passengers as well as Gold Card holders.

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