The brand new £2.5bn Heathrow Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal, welcomed its first flight on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Its inbound passengers arrived aboard a United Airlines Boeing 767 from Chicago at 0549.
The new building is gradually evolving into the new home of the Star Alliance at Heathrow, but the opening day’s flights – just 17 arrivals and 17 departures all operated by United Airlines – represented just 10% of the buildings theoretical capacity. The move was planned to avoid a repetition of the serious operational problems which marred the opening of Terminal 5 in 2008 as a smooth entry into service was essential for the airport operator’s credibility as it moves forward with its huge effort to win political backing for the construction of a much-needed third runway.
The new facility replaces the original 1955 building which closed in 2009.
The prestige Terminal 2 will be officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on June 23 and is expected to handle all the Star Alliance carriers in a few months. The passengers’ departure flow is aided by 60 check-in gates, 66 self-check-in kiosks and 29 security lanes. Post-security they have the opportunity to choose from 33 shops and 17 restaurants.
See more about Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 in the July edition of Airports International magazine.