On 4th June 2014 Heathrow’s Terminal 2 reopens again after a £2.5 billion revamp. With 26 airlines set to call the new terminal home, a huge range of new shops & restaurants, and all-important car parking to take into account; we thought we’d give you the low down on Heathrow’s latest makeover.
Gone is the old shabby Terminal 2, and in its place sits a vast expanse of steel and glass. The shiny new terminal took five years to finish and has been built to handle 20 million passengers a year. T2 features brand new shops and restaurants; including John Lewis’s first ever airport store and a café from acclaimed Chef Heston Blumenthal, in which passengers can sample some of the chef’s offbeat creations!
In total the new Terminal 2 boasts over 20 eateries and 25 shops. There’s even a personal shopping service on offer that brings together over 300 outlets from the airport; helping you shop until you drop, right into your seat on the plane!
At the heart of the airport is Slipstream; a mammoth sculpture created by artist Richard Wilson. The piece is 78 meters long and took 77 tonnes of aluminium to make; inspired by the shape carved in air by a stunt plane, it dominates the terminal’s entrance hall. For a full list of the new shops and eateries at T2 visit the Heathrow website.
The Queen’s Terminal
With the original building opened by the Queen back in 1955, T2’s new building is named in honour of her majesty; so it seems only fitting that she will be officially opening the terminal on 23rd June 2014!
Terminal 2 parking
T2 will be served by a huge range of car parks; everything from VIP Meet & Greet services, to long stay Park & Rides will get you to the terminal. For the full range of car parking available, check out APH’s Heathrow parking pages where you can get a quote and make a secure and speedy booking.
Hotels at Heathrow
Flying out of Terminal 2 and want to make the night before just a little bit special, not to mention less stressful? Heathrow offers all kinds of hotels: from basic and budget right up to 4-star and fancy; why tackle the M25 on the day of your flight when you could be tucking into a delicious breakfast only minutes from the check-in desk? Check out APH’s hotel and parking packages at Heathrow and save yourself a packet!
The opening of a new terminal inevitably causes a shakeup and possible delays and you may find that your airline is now flying from Terminal 2. We recommend allowing extra time for your journey and double checking which terminal your flight is leaving from! To improve connections at the airport, all Star Alliance members will be slowly moving across to T2; this includes United Airlines and Singapore Airlines. Below is a list of all airlines that will be making the move to T2 over the next few months:
|Aegean Airlines||EVA Air|
|Air Canada||LOT Polish Airlines|
|Air New Zealand||SAS – Scandinavian Airlines|
|Asiana Airlines||South African Airways|
|Brussels Airlines||Thai Airways|
|Croatia Airlines||Turkish Airlines|
|Egypt Air||United Airlines|
|Ethiopian Airways||Virgin Atlantic Little Red|
For more information and dates that airlines are set to move across, head to Heathrow’s T2 website.