Heathrow Terminal 5 opened

(BBC) The Queen has officially opened Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5, describing it as “a 21st Century gateway to Britain”.
Hundreds of airport and construction workers attended the opening ceremony.
The new terminal, set to begin operating on 27 March, will offer extra passenger capacity but no more flights.

Its construction has involved diverting two rivers, building what is claimed to be the UK’s largest free-standing building and tunnelling 13km for rail and baggage links.
The complex includes 50 new aircraft stands, which will rise to 60 by 2010, two satellite buildings, one of which is still to be completed, rail links to London Underground and the Heathrow Express, and a new multi-storey car park.

The official opening is of the project’s Phase 1, including Terminals 5A and 5B. Phase 2, which adds Terminal 5C, is set to open in 2010. … Continue at BBC

Pictures of Terminal 5
Map of Terminal 5

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