Terminal 2 relinquished in Heathrow restructuring

Hotel News - 29/03/2006

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Heathrow's Terminal 2 service will be closed in 2008, in a response to the escalation in passenger numbers expected to sweep in to the new Terminal 5.

Airport owner the British Airports Authority (BAA) has estimated that traffic would fall from 9 million to 1.5 million, with airlines switching their services to the new, modern base and its closure will give Heathrow the chance to concentrate on other resources.

'The forecast passenger flows in Terminal 2 are significantly reduced, thus giving rise to questions around the economic and operational viability of the terminal,' a BAA statement confirmed.

Heathrow is the centre of some of the most ambitious planning in the British aviation industry, with the £4.2 billion Terminal 5 programme representing Europe's biggest construction project.

In addition, the gateway has plans to set up a new terminal to cope with passenger demand for the 2012 London Olympics.

The restructuring of the hub has been tipped to trigger a rise in the demand for Heathrow airport hotels and travellers are advised to book in advance by checking out the range of competitive deals available online.

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