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Heathrow is keen to not have the opening disasters it had with T5, so it will start T2 in phases.
Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 will open its doors on 4th June 2014, with the first aircraft, a United Airlines flight from Chicago, scheduled to land at 05.55. Terminal 2 will eventually serve 20 million passengers a year and be home to 23 Star Alliance airlines, as well as Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic Little Red and germanwings carriers.
The project includes the main Terminal 2 building, a 522-metre satellite pier (T2B), a 1,340 space car park and an energy centre and cooling station.
The main build is on schedule for completion in November 2013 and will be followed by six months of testing (to avoid the T5 opening disaster). By the time the terminal opens for service, it will have undergone 182 trials and been tested by 14,000 people…The terminal will open in phases, with the 26 airlines moving in over a period of six months. Just ten percent of flights will operate for the first three weeks of June before gradually building up to full operations.