1 JULY 2013
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The Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP has been down to Heathrow’s Terminal 2 to see how the project is moving along before it welcomes it first passengers on 4 June 2014.
He was taken on a tour of the new £2.5bn facility by Heathrow’s Chairman, Sir Nigel Rudd, and saw bags being successfully put through the recently delivered system and then arriving on the carousel in the baggage hall. The new system will process 4,800 items of baggage per hour.
Sir Nigel said: “Terminal 2 is the next stage in Heathrow’s transformation and a significant investment in businesses and jobs across the UK. It will continue the big improvements in passenger satisfaction we’ve seen over the last decade, thanks to £11bn of investment”.
The terminal will open in phases, with the 26 airlines moving in over a period of six months. Just 10% of flights will operate for the first three weeks of June before gradually building up to full operations. Over the next 12 months Heathrow plans an intensive programme of 182 trials involving 14,000 people. Amongst the many features of the terminal are 24 security lanes (17 for Economy passengers, four Fast Track and three for staff and aircrew). www.heathrowairport.com
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