London/Heathrow Renovations Continue

The proposed new-look Terminal 2 at London’s Heathrow Airport, the first stage of which is due to open in 2013. (BAA)

The proposed new-look Terminal 2 at London’s Heathrow Airport, the first stage of which is due to open in 2013. (BAA)

BAA HAS completed the latest phase of a £133 million project to upgrade London/Heathrow’s Terminal 3.  This involved renovating the check-in area at a cost of £16 million to provide more space, the latest technology and improve the passenger experience.  All check-in desks have been refurbished and the latest flight information display screens added; 30 self-service check-in kiosks have been installed as have new ceilings and lighting.  The work was completed in time for the busy summer holiday period.
Work is still underway on extending the terminal’s security check area – when completed it will be the largest at the airport incorporating 17 inspection lanes.  A £20 million project to renovate immigration and the baggage reclaim area will begin shortly and be completed by 2011.
The Terminal 3 upgrades are part of the larger £4 billion investment plan to transform Heathrow’s facilities, including the building of the Heathrow East complex to replace Terminals 1 and 2.
More recently BAA released the latest design for Terminal 2 which is destined to become the home for Star Alliance carriers at the airport.  The £1 billion facility will be able to handle 20 million passengers per annum and three Airbus A380s simultaneously.  The existing T2 and the Queen’s Building are due to be demolished this year with the new structure expected to be finished in 2013.  The second phase of the T2 project will extend the building over the site of the current T1, plus a second satellite building will be constructed; this is due for completion in 2019, boosting capacity to 30 million passengers per annum.