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  • A New Phase in London Heathrow's Cosmetic Surgery
    Posted by Robert Wall 12:02 AM on Feb 29, 2012

    London Heathrow owner, BAA, is marking the first major phase of completion of the airport's Terminal 2. The so called topping out event is the first major construction milestone as the airport focuses on completing the Star Alliance facility in time for its 2014 planned opening.

    Here images of where things stand and what the final product is to look like:

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    (Photo/rendering: BAA)

    Left unaddressed by the work, of course, is the real Achilles heel for London Heathrow, the mismatch between available runway capacity and far higher demand from airlines for that real estate. Given the lack of government approval for a third runway, there is no end in sight for that situation.

    Given that reality Terminal 2 will provide a more comfortable location for passengers to wait for delayed flights, or a more environmental friendly location to arrive after producing plenty of CO2 in holding patterns over London.

    The terminal will accommodate up to 20 million passengers a year and, eventually, also take over the real estate now occupied by Terminal 1 -- adding capacity for 10 million more travelers in 2019. The initial build phase will provide 12 aircraft stands in T2A and 16 in T2B connected underground.

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