Heathrow Terminal 2 Began OperationsJune 2014
The first flights arrived at Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 today 4th June 2014; almost 60 years after the original Terminal 2 opened as the airport’s first passenger terminal in 1955. The terminal was subsequently extended and remodelled by Pascall+Watson to accommodate increasing passenger numbers.
For the past three and a half years, Pascall+Watson have developed the internal environments of the new building, from concept all the way through to construction, via its site-based expert team.
United Airlines was the first airline to move into the terminal and will operate 17 arriving and 17 departing flights for nearly 6,000 passengers on the first day. Terminal 2 will eventually be home to 26 airlines, which 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.
The new Terminal 2 is the next step in the transformation of passenger service at Heathrow. It is a £2.5 billion project, and marks the latest phase of an £11 billion private sector investment. This investment includes the construction of Terminal 2A, Terminal 5 A, B and C, and the refurbishment of Terminals 3 and 4, all of which Pascall+Watson have played a lead role in.
The new Terminal 2 has been named ‘The Queen’s Terminal’ in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The terminal will be honoured with a Royal opening on 23 June when Her Majesty The Queen will visit the airport accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Development Director and Chief Executive Designate said: “Terminal 2 is the culmination of an £11bn investment programme that has transformed Heathrow for passengers. Opening a new terminal is one of the most complex challenges that any airport can undertake. Our measure of success is not everything running perfectly on day one – there will inevitably be things we can improve. Our real measure of success is whether Terminal 2 comes to be rated by passengers as one of the world’s best airport terminals for years to come. ”