Heathrow’s new Star Alliance hub dubbed “The Queen’s Terminal”
What flyers and airlines really want is a runway and the absence of one has turned into a royal pain.
Heathrow may not get the extra runway it needs, but it’s been on a tear building new terminals. The new Terminal 2 that’s currently in progress will be home to the 23 Star Alliance airlines, as well as Virgin’s Little Red, Aer Lingus, and germanwings.
Today Heathrow authorities announced that Terminal 2 would be known as The Queen’s Terminal upon its opening in June of 2014.
The new Queen’s Terminal replaces a structure torn down in 2010 that had been built in 1955 and housed Heathrow’s original first terminal. Incidentally, the current Queen dedicated the terminal upon its opening nearly 60 years ago (see image, above).
The new terminal will cost £2.5 billion and will be completed this November, after which authorities will carry out seven months of testing in order to avoid the problems that plagued the opening of Terminal 5.