Business Travel Update: London Heathrow Queens Terminal 2 opens its gates
3rd June 2014
Business Travel Update – With the opening of the modern terminal on June 4, 2014, United Airlines will be the first airline to move to terminal 2. Later in the year, the operations of a further 22 Star Alliance partners serving Heathrow will gradually move to terminal 2. The so-called ‘Queens Terminal’ opening is the culmination of £11 billion investment across Heathrow since 2003, which has seen the leisure and business travel experience transformed for many across all airport terminals.
With the new terminal 2, corporate travellers flying to or from London Heathrow Airport via a Star Alliance Airlines flight, will benefit from faster, more convenient connections.
London Heathrow terminal 2 will eventually be the home for 23 Star Alliance member airlines, along with Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic ‘Little Red’ and Germanwings.
Major airline moves to Queens Terminal 2:
- 04 Jun – United Airlines (UA) from T1 and T4
- 18 Jun – Air Canada (AC) from T3
- 09 Jul – British Airways codeshare partner, Aer Lingus (EI), will move from T1
- 10 Sept – Virgin’s UK domestic services, ‘Little Red'(VS), move from T1
- 01 Oct – Lufthansa (LH) Star Alliance member move from T1
For the full list of planned airline moves, please visit www.heathrowairport.com/flight-information/airline-moves
The new terminal has a similar ‘wave’ design as terminal 5. Once at full operational capacity the main terminal building, as well as its satellite 2B, will be handling 20 million passengers per year. A passenger tunnel connects the satellite from the main terminal building. Leisure and corporate travellers will enjoy easier and faster procedures, including departures, arrivals and connections:
Flying from London Heathrow Airport:
Travellers have access to quick and easy self- service kiosks, fast bag-drop desks and full-service check-in desks, and security area featuring numerous checkpoints including a Fast Track lane for premium travellers. In addition, the departure area will have 62 shops and restaurants, including the first airport store for John Lewis and a ‘cafe’ operated by celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal.
Arriving at London Heathrow Airport:
The new Heathrow terminal 2 will be equipped with modern passport-reading technology at border control with a Fast Track Lane for premium travellers.
Arriving United Airlines customers connecting to flights on Star Alliance carriers and Aer Lingus at the Queens Terminal 2 can save time and stress, as they do not need to re-check their bags and will go directly to security checks.
Getting to and from London Heathrow Terminal 2:
The brand-new terminal 2 features multiple departure level drop-off and pick-up lanes, including a modern multi-level parking garage, which has been built next to the terminal and all public transport will link directly into a striking central courtyard. Several walkways connect Terminal 2 to the Heathrow Express, Heathrow Connect rails services, Piccadilly Line and the central bus and coach station, making it easy for travellers to get from the Airport to the city and back. Bus services operate between Terminal 2 and airport area hotels.
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