Big changes are happening at Heathrow International Airport, one of the most visible being the new Terminal 2 currently under construction. Set to open in 2014, this new piece of the London airport was designed to make travel more relaxing, enjoyable and stress free by adding conveniences for travelers and airline staff alike.Terminal 5 - Heathrow's newest operational terminal — Photo courtesy of Terminal 5 Insider
The first thing you'll notice when you enter the new terminal is the amount of natural light pouring in. Solar-controlled glass skylights keep things bright and natural on both sides of security without causing the terminal to overheat. The uncluttered check-in lobby will contain mostly self-service kiosks and bag drops, reflecting the fact that most passengers check in online now. A total of 24 security lanes – 17 dedicated to economy passengers – should limit long lines and holdups.
So who will benefit from this 4 billion dollar project? An estimated 20 million passengers will move through the terminal each year after it opens, and the gates within the terminal will serve Star Alliance airlines and Virgin Atlantic domestic flights. With the passenger in mind, the terminal is meant to be easily navigable to make transfers quick and painless.
Travelers passing through London won't be the only ones to benefit from the new building. With a 40 percent increase in carbon efficiency over the old building, the new terminal will help the environment as well. In fact, Heathrow seeks to recycle 70 percent of their waste by the year 2020.