17 DECEMBER 2012

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Article from BTNews 17 DECEMBER 2012

Terminal 2 airlines

Heathrow Airport has confirmed that the new Terminal 2 will be home to Star Alliance and Aer Lingus flights, as well as Virgin Atlantic’s domestic routes when it opens in 2014.  The Virgin Atlantic placement is possibly not what the airline wanted (but did not return our enquiries).  Terminal 3 and a seamless change to and from long haul seem more sensible.

Heathrow is still in discussion with those airlines which currently operate from Terminal 1 and are not members of the Star Alliance (Cyprus Airways, El Al, Germanwings, Icelandair and Transaero), about their future location when Terminal 1 closes. 

The new terminal marks the latest phase of an £11bn transformation of Heathrow.  Eventually 20m passengers a year will use the building, which consists of a main terminal building plus satellite and aircraft parking stands.  The £2.5bn development is the largest privately-funded construction project in the UK and has been delivered at no cost to the taxpayer.

The decision on which airlines will operate from the terminal follows a nine-month consultation with airlines which was prompted by the sale of bmi to IAG, the owner of British Airways. www.heathrowairport.com

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