Heathrow’s new Terminal 2, also known as the Queen’s Terminal, has been opened by the Queen.
The terminal was first opened to passengers on June 4 and currently, four airlines are operating from it, including Air Canada, Air China, ANA and United Airlines. More airlines will be added over the next six months and eventually a total of 26 will call the terminal home. That means Terminal 2 will have 332 daily flights to 54 destinations, reports bbc.co.uk.
A commemorative plaque, which was unveiled by the Queen, will soon be on display to the public. More than 1,000 people turned up the official opening, all of whom were either involved with constructing the terminal or now work within it.
Transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, says Terminal 2 is one of the UK’s biggest construction projects.
“The new terminal is a perfect example of cutting-edge technology and design that can combine to make the best use of capacity, to improve the passengers’ journey and experience, to boost the carbon efficiency by 40 per cent over the previous building, and to produce stunning architecture that further reinforces Heathrow’s reputation as a world class airport,” he explains.
As well as containing 66 self-check-in kiosks, 29 security lanes and 60 check-in gates, Terminal 2 also houses 634 toilets, more than 7,000 seats and 42 water fountains, reports buyingbusinesstravel.com. There are also a number of shops and restaurants so passengers have something to do whilst they wait for their flight.