The new terminal will open its doors on 4th June 2014, with the first aircraft, a United Airlines flight from Chicago, scheduled to land at 05.55. Terminal 2 will eventually serve 20 million passengers a year and be home to 23 Star Alliance airlines, as well as Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic Little Red and germanwings carriers.
Despite being built in the centre of the world’s busiest international airport, Heathrow say the £2.5bn construction project has not disrupted daily operations. The new Terminal 2 is one of the largest privately funded construction projects in the UK and, say the Airport, will have supported 35,000 jobs across the country by the time it opens. Twenty five thousand staff, many from local communities, will be trained so they can work at T2, including airline staff, retailers, cleaners and delivery drivers. The project includes the main Terminal 2 building, a 522-metre satellite pier (T2B), a 1,340 space car park and an energy centre and cooling station.
Speaking at the Terminal, the Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord Deighton said: “Infrastructure is quite rightly at the heart of Government plans. We’re investing more, cutting red-tape and improving Government capability to deliver major infrastructure projects. But the vast majority of investment and delivery capacity lies in the private sector with projects such as Terminal 2, which forms part of the Government’s Top 40 priority infrastructure investments.”
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Development Director, said: “This next step in Heathrow’s transformation will deliver a better journey for passengers, a more efficient and reliable infrastructure for airlines and additional jobs, trade and economic growth for the UK.”
Terminal 2 is part of Heathrow’s vision to be the UK’s direct connection to the world and Europe’s hub airport of choice:
Terminal 2 is Heathrow’s most sustainable terminal yet, and marks the latest phase of an £11 billion programme. The main build is on schedule for completion in November 2013 and will be followed by six months of testing.