Following the opening of the brand new Star Alliance Terminal 2 at London Heathrow on 4th June, SAS announced that it will move into the ultra-modern terminal on 10th September 2014.
The new facility, now known as Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal, will see all 23 Star Alliance airlines that operate at Heathrow move in over the next few months. On 4th June, United Airlines became the first airline to operate a flight at the new T2 – United flight 958, a B767 from Chicago, arrived at gate 38B at 05.49. South African Airways’ operations are scheduled to begin from Terminal 2 on 22nd October 2014.
The terminal was designed by architect Louis Vidal and was developed jointly by London Heathrow and Star Alliance with the aim of creating a seamless hub at one of the world’s premier international airports.
Alan Sparling, SAS GSA in Ireland, said: “SAS already offers a comprehensive nonstop timetable from Dublin to Scandinavia. Today, with the opening of the new Star Alliance Terminal 2 at Heathrow, SAS will soon offer even more choice for customers flying with Aer Lingus from Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Shannon and onwards with SAS to Scandinavia via Heathrow Terminal 2.”
Some features of the new terminal include:
- Departing and arriving passengers pass through the terminal on different levels
- Speciality designed check-in desks for speed and efficiency
- Fast-track option for premium passengers
- 81 common use self-service kiosks
- Eight out of 12 gates in the T2B satellite will allow self-boarding
- Four airline lounges will be available for premium passengers in the main terminal and satellite
Having all 23 Star Alliance members in the same terminal will also make travel through Heathrow much easier for transfer passengers and there will now be a standardised minimum connection time of just 60 minutes.
With Star Alliance members operating 121 flights per day to 45 destinations in 25 countries via Heathrow, the new hub is set to act as a catalyst for further growth in global passenger traffic to London.