Fresh from this week’s opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 2, James Mellon from Flightglobal’s aviation research team reports on the newest addition to London’s biggest hub.
The next chapter in Heathrow’s evolution has begun with the operational opening of the new Terminal 2. With an initial capacity for 20 million passengers per year, it is a major step forward in shaping the Heathrow of the future.
United Airlines was the first into the new facility, with their first flight arriving from Chicago-O Hare at 05:43 on 4 June. Up until now the airline have been operating from Terminals 1 and 4, their 17 daily flights into Heathrow can now be brought under one roof. Ultimately Terminal 2 will become home to 26 airlines and to the Star Alliance, giving them the long awaited opportunity to collocate their 23 members serving Heathrow together.
Lufthansa’s subsidiary Germanwings, plus Aer Lingus and Virgin Atlantic Little Red will also move in during the next six months. Latin American member Avianca will move straight in when it re-starts services to Heathrow on 4 July. It previously operated a flight from Bogota between 2000 and 2001.
The facility comprises a main building and a satellite pier, T2A and T2B respectively. Twelve aircraft stands (predominantly code C sized) are positioned around T2A, and will cater for narrowbody aircraft from the European airlines such as Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic Little Red, Germanwings and Lufthansa. T2B presently features 14 stands for widebodies, with eight of those code F sized designed for use by Airbus A380’s. The likes of United Airlines, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Air China and Air New Zealand will use these. A further two code F stands will become available after a connecting building associated to Terminal 1 is removed in the coming months.
Retails offerings at the terminal include celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s ‘The Perfectionists Café’ features airside along with the first ever John Lewis store located at an airport. ‘The Flying Chariot’ pub located beside check in boasts south facing views of the airfield and a replica air traffic control tower complete with flashing lights.