authorities have agreed to grant planning permission for a new terminal at London
which will replace the old Terminal 1 and 2 buildings.
first phase of the new terminal, known as Heathrow East, is expected to open
around 2012. Heathrow East will not increase the capacity of the airport but
will be designed to address environmental concerns by making use of renewable
energy and cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
will be part of Heathrow operator BAA’s ten-year,
£6.2 billion ($12.2 billion) investment programme to overhaul the London
Heathrow chief Tony Douglas says: “By June 2012, most
of our passengers will be travelling through terminal facilities that aren’t
even open today and we will have either rebuilt or redeveloped all our other
terminals. Heathrow will be like a new airport for London.”
Terminal 5 opens next year, BAA will begin demolishing Terminal 2, which will
be under-used as airlines are reallocated in line with alliance partnerships.
1 will be refurbished to provide continuity of service ahead of Heathrow East’s
completion. BAA is also planning to complete refurbishment of Terminal 4 in
2009 and, over the next decade, is to upgrade the whole of Terminal 3.