Authorities give go-ahead for Heathrow East terminal

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Local authorities have agreed to grant planning permission for a new terminal at London Heathrow Airport which will replace the old Terminal 1 and 2 buildings.

The 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.

It will be part of Heathrow operator BAA’s ten-year, £6.2 billion ($12.2 billion) investment programme to overhaul the London hub.

BAA 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.”

Once 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.

Terminal 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.