The world’s third busiest airport with the traffic figures reaching 72.3 million in 2013, London Heathrow is anticipating an exciting moment in its history – the opening of Terminal 2 in June this year.
We look at some of the more interesting facts and figures surrounding this new exciting addition.
What’s in the name: Terminal 2 is The Queen’s Terminal, recognising the 60 year relationship that the airport has had with Her Majesty the Queen.
Art: T2 will feature the Europe’s largest privately funded sculpture, called Slipstream, consisting of 23 bespoke pieces and created to resemble the shape and movement of a jet’s vapour trail. The sculpture designed by Richard Wilson weighs 74 tonnes, is over 70 metres long and hangs suspended up to 20 metres above the ground.
Duration: Five years. Terminal 2 closed on 23 November 2009, and with the opening date set for 4 June 2014, the duration of the project will be 1654 days.
Facilities: A new T2 building, a 522 metre satellite pier (T2B), a car park boasting 1,340 spaces, an energy centre and cooling station.
Estimated traffic: It is estimated that London Heathrow’s T2 will see approximately 20 million passengers going through it a year. On average 55,000 passengers are expected to arrive and depart from Terminal 2 each day. (more…)
Here at our offices of World Airport Codes, we are frequent flyers. And every time we take a flight, whether it’s for work, leisure or paying a visit to the family, the same question pops up into our heads: ‘Which airline should I choose?’
There’s no easy anwser to this question, but we will try to give you three important key factors to keep in mind for the next time you have to choose one.
Of course, the first thing we all look for is the price. Booking in advance or online are some of the best known tips for saving that bit of money when we fly, also choosing a less well known lowcost airline over an international more expensive brand is usually our choice. This can be a disadvantage to us, since the trend shows that when making a booking, we tend to always look at the same type of airlines, forgetting completely about the other ones, and sometimes lowcost can get as expensive as a normal one.
That’s why unlike any other guides out there, we strongly recommend that you look at any possible airline that flies to your destination. ‘And how do I know which airlines fly to my destination?’ It’s easy, let’s say you want to fly from Malaga (AGP) to Paris (CDG), all you have to do is go to our detailed airport page and click on ‘Destinations’ in the left menu and search for your destination airport, as simple as that! And now that you’re aware of which airlines fly from your outbound airport, you can check the websites of the airlines, or check them through our own airport pages on the ‘Services’ section, under the tab ’Flights’.
For many people (especially lovers of flying) another important factor is the aircraft. It’s true that when taking a long-haul flight, the difference between one plane or another can be massive, but then again, most of us aren’t airplane geeks so for our second factor, we should look for a good in-flight service. Of course, this is a tough one to value, I’m sure that many of you have flown with the same company more than once and each time received a different service (if not, either you’re very lucky or you didn’t fly enough), and that’s not the only factor. We’re all different and we crave for different needs, but even if you rarely use the in-flight services, you should take them into consideration, you should always keep in mind that the crew is there to help you!
So, how do you easily identify an airline with a good service? I’m sure you already know how to… you can ask people that have already flown with that precise airline, you can check forums or reviews on the internet… and you can also check if that airline has been awarded for their excellent staff! For example Skytrax gives one of the most renowned awards in the industry, so don’t push things and pay a visit to their website or search for other awards or reviews and make sure they’re the latest ones, a review from 2008 won’t help you much!
Our last ingredient is a bit of special, and it is you. It’s entirely up to you to set up this last advice, for two main reasons we’ve been pointing out along this guide: not everyone has the same needs and flying can sometimes be a bit of a gamble. So it’s your turn to decide what you will value most when flying, maybe it’s having enough legroom, the schedule of the airline, seat positioning, time performance and reliability… it’s entirely up to you. Just remember, don’t rush it, just because you book 20 minutes later, it doesn’t mean the price is going to increase so get comfortable on your seat, stretch your legs and enjoy your hunting for the perfect booking.
You can now visit some of the world’s biggest airports without stepping out of your house, and know exactly where the currency exchange point or a cling film luggage wrapping kiosk is situated, and where the shuttle bus would drop you off should you decide to fly from that airport.
As of November 2013 Google maps offer virtual walks past the shops, check-in counters and meeting points at 16 airports worldwide, such as Madrid’s Barajas, London Gatwick and Tokyo International Airport. You can even explore the inside of an Emirates Airbus A380 at Dubai Airport.
This interactive map shows all the new Street View transit locations worldwide, that are not limited to just airports; the tool will let you virtually explore over 50 train and subway stations, as well as a cable car station in Hong Kong.
So if you would like to know how far you’d need to walk from the main entrance to the escalators, or from the lifts to the nearest WC, you can have a quick look around the airport buildings, find where to drop off your oversized luggage, explore the architecture, look at what the locals are wearing or see the range of cafes, restaurants and shops if you still have to grab that last box of chocolates or a souvenir fridge magnet for someone special.
Airports across Spain and Japan are the most featured on Street View. Here’s a few examples of what you can find.
London Gatwick Airport, North Terminal, UK: Google Maps
Mexico International Airport, Mexico: Google Maps (more…)