Walk on the updated Terminal 2 Heathrow
• Walk on the updated Terminal 2 Heathrow
In 1955, Queen Elizabeth opened the very first terminal at Heathrow Airport in London, who later became Terminal 2. It was originally designed for passenger 1, 2 million passengers / year, but by the end of the two thousandth they took for 8 (!) Million passengers a year. Can you imagine how it was closely ?!
In 2009, the terminal building was destroyed, and now, after almost 60 years, the exact same Elizabeth reopens Royal Terminal 2, it will happen June 23, 2014, and the first flights here will be transferred already the 4th of June. Last week, I had the unique opportunity to look at the brand new Terminal 2 before its official opening. This is the first experience in the design and development of the airport terminal infrastructure not only from the airport administration or domestic airline, but with the whole alliance. After all, the new terminal will serve all Star Alliance airlines in London, it was in this airport flies most of its members from around the world!
And now I invite you to look at the brand new Terminal 2!
Heathrow - it is the main airport in London. It is 15 minutes by express train or 45 minutes by subway from the center, that for such a huge metropolis like London very well. There very little space and the need to use every square meter, so there can be no talk of palaces and swimming pools, as is done in Asia and the Middle East. Here, the main goal - 100% practicality. That is why in the same area where the old Terminal 2 with a turnover of 8 million passengers per year was designed the new Terminal 2 with a capacity of 20 million passengers per year! That's what happened in the end:
The chief architect of Terminal 2 - Louis Vidal, he personally introduced the concept of journalists and bloggers. It is so easy and difficult at the same time to do something simple, but very functional and comfortable and at the same time make sure that the airport building stood on a par with the symbols of the British capital, as a gateway to the city.
May 17 there have been recent tests with test passengers, which was attended by more than 2,500 people.
And now the building is almost ready to receive its first passengers.
Airlines that gradually during June and July will move to the new Terminal 2:
But let's start with a nice ... at the entrance we were met by a very beautiful architectural design. And that, as usual, pictures can not convey the scale. In reality, here you just want to take pictures and just stand for a few minutes, without entering the building.
And about innovation ... it's hard to believe in an empty building, but all passengers flows are divided. Those who register do not intersect at home with those who prefer personal contact at the front desk.
Stand provides both a boarding pass and baggage tag:
But to fully automate the process and their luggage on their own can not be here. According to the laws of the United Kingdom only to persons must check luggage tag documents with passengers, luggage dealer.
Who flies to Heathrow Terminal 1 certainly enthusiastically perceive these pictures, a huge space, light and bright terminal. Well, quite far from the current labyrinth T1.
The total area of the new Terminal 2 - 210 000 square meters.
And the cost of the project, along with parking - 2, 5 billion pounds.
Louis Vidal repeated several times, that for him it was very important to leave as much natural light as possible:
Next, the aviation security control area:
For those who wear a purse and hand luggage, knives, screwdrivers and two-liter bottles of shampoo - provided separate collection of data objects in the security control area.
But the main hall in the sterile area Terminal 2:
Why do these racks to the Internet - do not understand. We all have the same laptop, tablet or smartphone after all.
I think this is a Michelin restaurant, but I can be wrong.
But the observation deck or terrace for spotters here and never will.
Concorde and the Boeing 777 at the executive:
This bar used iPads for vizualzatsii shells and marine reptiles. Well, at least some benefit!
Navigation is exactly the same as in the other airports in Britain. I was in Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow, where the schedule is exactly the same.
And we move on. The terminal 50 passport control desks:
Scoreboard for transit passengers.
And the toilet! Finally I was able to get almost legally in the women's restroom
Hall baggage claim:
Here is a realization of customs corridors. For the first time in Vienna I saw a very clear and understandable looks:
In my opinion, a beautiful new terminal. Only one drawback, in my opinion, does not have any green, but can it temporarily.
In general, everything is clear ... London calling! It's time to buy tickets