London Heathrow To Open Terminal 2 in June 2014


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.

Cost: £2.5bn.

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.

Check-in: Heathrow T2 will have four check-in zones, A, B, C and D; there will be a total of 66 self-service kiosks and 56 conventional check-in desks.

Airlines: A total of 25 airlines will operate from T2, with the biggest concentration of Star Alliance carriers. To begin with, only 10% of flights will operate for the first 3 weeks of June 2014, gradually reaching the full capacity.

Queues: T2 will feature self-boarding gates allowing for the automated boarding process, and arriving passengers will be able to use e-gates at the immigration checkpoint.

Quick transfer: With passenger experience at the heart of this redevelopment, the arriving passengers can expect to get from the gate to their car in approximately 5-10 minutes.

Retail: In Feb 2014 the airport revealed the full line-up of 64 restaurants and shops which will open their doors at Terminal 2 once it opens, including big brands such as John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Harrods, Michael Kors and a restaurant from UK’s famous chef Heston Blumenthal.

Big Name: Heathrow Airport has seeked to secure a potentially big name department store as the main retail tenant, and John Lewis committed to opening a 3,600 square feet retail outlet at T2. This outlet would be one-tenth the size of John Lewis’ smallest existing department store, based in Exeter.

Staff: 24,000 staff will be employed at Heathrow Terminal 2.

Energy: About one fifth of T2’s energy needs will come from renewable sources. Energy use will be kept down by nearly 1,000 square metres of solar panels on the building’s canopy and a state-of-the-art lighting control system which will switch the lights off in those parts of the building that are not in use or when there’s plenty of daylight to keep them well-lit.

Trials: Over 180 trials were carried out by more than 14 thousand volunteers to test the systems and processes at T2.

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