The new terminal is a £2.5 billion project and marks the latest phase of an £11 billion investment including the construction of Terminal 2A and B, Terminal 5 A, B and C, a new control tower, and the refurbishment of Terminals 3 and 4.
The Queen unveiled a commemorative plaque that will later be installed to a public part of the building, and met various people connected with the project including Luis Vidal, the lead and concept architect for Terminal 2, and Richard Wilson, the designer of the Slipstream art installation situated in the forecourt of the terminal.
Terminal 2 successfully welcomed its first passengers on 4 June and is now home to United, Air Canada, ANA and Air China. Eventually it will be home to 26 airlines – 23 members of the Star Alliance as well as Aer Lingus, Germanwings and Virgin Atlantic Little Red. Airlines will move into the new terminal in phases over the next six months. When fully occupied, Terminal 2 will have 332 daily flights to 54 global destinations.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Development Director and Chief Executive Designate said:
“Heathrow is delighted to welcome Her Majesty to open her new airport terminal. Today is a celebration of the great work by many people and many organisations from across the country to create a new front door for the UK.
“The completion of the new Queen’s Terminal is the culmination of an £11bn private investment programme that delivers a world-class hub airport that the UK can be proud of”.