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14 June, 2013

Airport (general)
Terminal 2

Heathrow’s new terminal to be known as ‘Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal’

As The Queen prepares to mark her official birthday, Heathrow is announcing that its new Terminal 2 will be known as ‘Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal’, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.

The new Terminal 2 will open next year, on 4th June 2014, nearly sixty years after The Queen opened the original Terminal 2. Heathrow is proud to continue Her Majesty’s long association with the airport:

  • 1952: The former Princess Elizabeth returned to Heathrow as Queen Elizabeth II, after her father, George VI, died whilst she was touring Kenya.
  • 1955: The Queen opened Heathrow’s first permanent passenger terminal, the Europa Building, which was later renamed Terminal 2, as well as the Queen’s Building and the airport’s original control tower.
  • 1969: Her Majesty formally inaugurated Terminal 1.
  • 1977: The Queen unveiled the London Underground connection between central London and Heathrow – the first link of its kind to connect a capital city with its major airport.
  • 2008: Terminal 5 was opened by Her Majesty.
  • 2012: A giant Union Flag with an image of The Queen was painted next to Heathrow’s northern runway to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s Development Director, said:

“The Queen opened the original Terminal 2 more than half a century ago and we’re delighted that Her Majesty has kindly agreed to give her name to the new Terminal 2. Everyone at Heathrow is extremely proud of our long association with The Queen and we know the new Terminal 2 will be a fitting continuation of that tradition.”

Heathrow was originally known as London Airport when it opened in 1946 with a temporary village of tents for passengers. Those tents were gradually replaced with prefabricated concrete villages before the opening of the old Terminal 2 and Queen’s Building. Our love of air travel has seen passenger numbers at Heathrow rise from just 63,000 in 1946, to more than 2m in 1955 and 70m last year.

In contrast to those early days, the new Terminal 2 will be similar in feel to the multi-award winning Terminal 5. It will use the latest check-in and bag-drop technology to give passengers a smooth, enjoyable and efficient journey through the airport whilst shops and restaurants offer travellers the very best of Britain.

It is one of the largest private construction projects in the UK, with a supply chain and jobs supported in every region and country. By the time it opens next year, the £2.5bn project will have supported 35,000 jobs.

The terminal is the next major step in the transformation of Heathrow, and will continue the progress the airport has made in recent years with the opening of Terminal 5 and the refurbishment of Terminals 1, 3 and 4. £11bn has been spent on the airport over the last decade and passenger satisfaction scores now rank Heathrow as among the world’s very best large airports.

The terminal is on schedule to be completed in November 2013 and there will then be six months of testing. By the time the terminal opens for service it will have undergone 182 trials and been tested by 14,000 people.


For more information, please contact the Heathrow Airport media centre on +44 (0)20 8745 7224 or email

Notes to Editors:

The old Terminal 2:

  • Opened in 1955, shut after 54 years of service in 2009
  • Demolished in 2010
  • It was Heathrow’s first terminal, originally called the ‘Europa Building’. It was renamed Terminal 2 when Terminal 1 opened in 1969

Terminal 2 phase 1 is a £2.5bn development:

  • The main terminal building
  • A satellite building – T2B (connected to T2A via an underground walkway)
  • A 1,340 space multi-storey car park
  • An energy centre
  • 28 fully serviced and fuelled aircraft stands (12 at the main terminal building, 16 at the satellite)
  • 60 self-service kiosks
  • 60 fast bag drops – which can also be configured for traditional use
  • 56 traditional check-in desks
  • Check-in will be large enough to accommodate 3,000 passengers per hour
  • 17 security lanes (14 for passengers and 3 for staff and crew)
  • Approximately 500 security officers, 30 passenger Service Ambassadors and 70 Service Team Leaders
  • An average of 55,000 passengers will arrive and depart from the Terminal daily once in full operation


  • 20% of T2’s energy needs will be from renewable sources
  • 40.5% less CO2 emissions than a building built to 2006 building regulations
  • 1000 square metres of photovoltaic panels on the building’s canopy
  • 12MW biomass boiler heater
  • Wood used to power the boiler is sustainably sourced, FSC approved timber
  • The first phase will potentially save around 13,000 tonnes of CO2 a year compared to the use of natural gas and grid electricity
  • Extensive glazing means more natural light. As well as glazed walls, north-facing skylights in the roof will provide glare-free daylight without heat gain (which would mean more air conditioning)
  • A sophisticated lighting control system will keep energy use down by switching lights off when parts of the building are not in use or when daylight is bright enough
  • To prevent solar heat gain, the glazed facade incorporates solar control glass and angled louvres, while an overhanging roof shades the south-facing windows
  • 95% of the demolished buildings were recycled (Old T2 and the Queen’s building)
  • The layout of aircraft stands at Terminal 2 will mean planes can taxi more efficiently to the runways, reducing ground level emissions and improving air quality. Mirroring the way buildings are arranged at Terminal 5, this is called a ‘toast rack’ layout.
  • Aircraft stands will use units to supply aircraft with electricity and preconditioned air so that they don't have to run their auxiliary engines when stationary

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