Terminal 2

Heathrow’s brand new Terminal 2 is set to open exactly 1 year today the airport has announced.

The original Terminal 2 was demolished in 2009, together with the neighbouring Queens building, so the new terminal will be an entirely new construction. There are in fact four elements to the new Terminal 2 programme: the new terminal building, a satellite pier, a new multi-storey car park and a redevelopment of the airport’s central road system.

Heathrow Terminal 2 bAfter the debacle surrounding the opening of Terminal 5, Heathrow’s owners have decided on a far more cautious opening next year. Rather than everyone and everything making the move in one go, airlines will move to the new terminal in stages over an introductory 6 month period. Eventually, up to 20 million passengers a year will use the new terminal which, like Terminal 5 (post opening blues), will transform the airport experience for countless passengers.

Heathrow Terminal 2The new Terminal will be home to the 23 members of the Star Alliance together with Aer Lingus, Virgin Little Red & Germanwings. The Star Alliance is the largest of the airline networks and comprises many of British Airways’ fiercest competitors, airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, South African Airlines, Air New Zealand, Air China & Asiana Airlines. By all operating out of the same terminal, these airlines will be able to better coordinate schedules for connecting passengers as well as sharing resources such as airline lounges.

At present, only Terminal 5, of which British Airways & sister airline Iberia are sole tenants, has been able to offer such flexibility and, even now, British Airways is still faced with operating a number of flights out of Terminals 1 & 3. Not only will the opening of Terminal 2 hugely benefit Star Alliance airlines, the resulting merry-go-round of airlines switching terminals will also result in the SkyTeam alliance, which includes airlines such as Air France, KLM, Delta & China Southern, gaining exclusive use of Terminal 4.

Although British Airways will be able to consolidate its flights between Terminals 3 & 5 (Terminal 1 will close once Terminal 2 is fully operational), the oneworld alliance, of which it will be the dominant partner at Heathrow, will be the only alliance to find itself split between different terminals.