Heathrow Airport unveils Terminal 2 development

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Heathrow's new Terminal 2

Heathrow Airport unveiled plans for its new Terminal 2 today after major structural work was completed.

The new Terminal 2 will open in 2014 after a £2.5 billion investment and will be home to Star Alliance carriers.

“There’s a lot still to do, but the opening of Terminal 2 could move Heathrow into pole position among European hub airports and allow us to set our sights on elite airports such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Incheon in Seoul,” said Colin Matthews, chief executive of Heathrow’s parent company BAA.

Terminal 2 will be developed in two phases, first with an extended terminal on the site of the old Terminal 2 and Queen’s Building to open in 2014. The second phase will spread onto the existing Terminal 1 site so Terminal 2 can grow from handling 20 million passengers a year to 30 million a year.

“For tens of millions of people each year Heathrow is their first impression of the UK, which is why it is so important that it is a positive one.  We have been clear that we want to improve the experience of those travelling through our airports, and this new terminal will do just that,” said Transport Secretary Justine Greening.

Changes to Terminal 2 are part of a bigger upgrade at Heathrow which began with the opening of the £4.3bn Terminal 5 in 2008.

Heathrow's Europa Building (later re-named Terminal 2) in 1965

 

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