Heathrow Airport bid an "emotional" farewell as the last ever plane to depart from Terminal 1 took flight.
Staff waved goodbye to its final passengers boarding the 9.15pm British Airways (BA0970) flight to Hanover, Germany.
This makes the former BEA airline both the first and last to operate out of this terminal.
Captain Paul Imhoff, the pilot in charge of BA970 to Hanover, said: “I was inspired to become a pilot by family trips down to Heathrow Terminal 1, so it is a really nice honour and symmetry that I can lead the team on the last ever flight to depart from the terminal.”
From Tuesday June 30, all British Airways flights will operate from either its flagship home of Terminal 5 or nearby Terminal 3.
The last flight was be given a send-off by many staff who have worked in the terminal during the past six decades, in a special closing ceremony with supper and speeches.
Air Traffic Control across the airwaves and customers were given a copy of the staff magazine from the opening day.
Keith Hayward, who worked for BA predecessor BEA on the the opening day of Terminal one saw emotion on the night.
He said: “This building is not just bricks and mortar, it has played a big part in British Airways’ history, in my history.
“I was lucky enough to be here for the Concorde flights around the Bay of Biscay, the Patrick Moore specials to watch Halley’s Comet… the shuttle flights where you could turn up and pay on board.
“A lot has changed, a lot of it for the better. But this place was really special.”
In the last year airlines have been moving out of T1 and into T2 - The Queen's Terminal - which opened with world class facilities in June 2014 as part of a major £11 billion investment.
Its closure will make way for improved services and is being built as part of an extension to the new T2 , which if a third runway is approved by the government will see T2 extended even further.
Ian Howick, director of Heathrow for British Airways, said: “It is great news that we can once again look forward to having flights from just two Heathrow terminals and offer our connecting customers a quicker and simpler journey.
“Being based in two terminals rather than three means we can now use our fleet of short-haul aircraft in a more efficient way and improve the schedules we can offer our customers.”