London Heathrow celebrates topping out ceremony at Terminal 2
UK's London Heathrow International Airport stated (28-Feb-2012) it has "set its sights on a huge improvement in passenger experience" when its new Terminal 2 opens in 2014. The terminal, which will have capacity for 20 million passengers p/a and be the home of the Star Alliance group of airlines, passed a major construction milestone on 28-Feb-2012 with a ‘topping out’ ceremony to mark the end of major structural work. The project is the latest stage in a five-year, GBP4.8 billion transformation of Heathrow which began after the opening of the GBP4.3 billion Terminal 5 in 2008. Terminal 2 is the UK’s largest privately funded construction project, will all the investment funded by BAA. To minimise disruption to passengers, construction of Terminal 2 is taking place in two phases. The first phase will see the creation of the main terminal on the site of the old Terminal 2 and Queen's Building. It also involves the construction of a satellite terminal with additional aircraft parking stands and passenger gates called Terminal 2B. This first phase is due to open to passengers in 2014. The second phase would extend the main Terminal 2 building northwards onto the existing Terminal 1 site. This phase, which would also include the construction of a second satellite building, T2C, would increase the capacity of Terminal 2 from 20 million to 30 million passengers p/a. [more - original PR]
BAA: “Terminal 5 set a new standard for airport terminals. The completion of structural work on Terminal 2 puts us within touching distance of a future where Heathrow has some of the best passenger facilities in Europe. 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," Colin Matthews, CEO. Source: Company statement, 28-Feb-2012.