Heathrow’s Terminal 2 will finally become home to all Star Alliance airlines operating from the airport as the four remaining carriers are to move to the facility starting from 22 October 2014. As Air New Zealand, Asiana, TAP Portugal and South African Airways move to Terminal 2, the facility will account for 121 daily flights, operating services to 45 destinations in 25 countries.
London Heathrow’s Terminal 2 became home to another Star Alliance member with Singapore Airlines’ all daily services moved to the new facility on 17 September 2014. The airline’s move from Terminal 3 will allow passengers to enjoy the new terminal’s state-of-the-art facilities including saving time by using 66 self-service check-in kiosks and experiencing a wealth of dining and shopping options.
Thai Airways passengers are soon to enjoy the facilities of the new Queen’s Terminal, as the airline is to move to Heathrow’s Terminal 2 on 28 August 2014.
The new Thai Airways check-in area will be set in Terminal 2’s zone A. Prior to moving the airline will continue operating from Heathrow’s Terminal 3.
Previously, the move, initially was scheduled for 02 July 2014, was postponed due to the testing of the terminal’s baggage systems.
Thai Airways will be postponing its move to Heathrow’s Terminal 2 initially scheduled for 02 July 2014. The reason for the change is unplanned testing of the terminal’s baggage systems.
The airline plans to move to Terminal 2 later in the summer with a new moving date to be announced. In the meantime Thai Airways will continue operating from Heathrow’s Terminal 3.
Turkish Airlines announced the updated date of its move to Heathrow’s Terminal 2 and will commence operations from the new terminal starting from 28 August 2014 instead of 02 July 2014. In the meantime the airline will continue to operate from Heathrow’s Terminal 3.
Air Canada passengers travelling from Heathrow’s Terminal 2 can now pass the time before their flight at the airline’s new Maple Leaf lounge, located in the terminal’s Departures Area 2B zone.
Opened on 24 June 2014, the new 700 sqm facility gives passengers an opportunity to take advantage of free wi-fi, a business centre with Dell PCs, printers and scanners, a spa-inspired shower area and three reclining pods with personal TV screens, USB ports and noise-cancelling headsets. As for the dining options guests can benefit from a cooking station where a chef prepares meals on request, a bistro-style restaurant area and a bar.
The Maple Leaf lounge is open from 6am to 10pm and is available to Air Canada Altitude Super Elite 100K, Elite 75K and Elite 50K members, Star Alliance Gold members and Business Class passengers with confirmed same-day travel on an Air Canada or Star Alliance flight.
23 June 2014, marked a special date in the history of Heathrow’s new Terminal 2, as the Queen officially opened the new £2.5 billion building. The long-awaited opening ceremony was attended by over 1,000 people including new staff members and people involved in the terminal’s construction. The Queen was accompanied by Prince Philip and during the visit also unveiled a commemorative plaque, as well as meeting with Heathrow and Star Alliance executives, architect Luis Vidal and designer Richard Wilson.
19 June 2014 marks the start of Air Canada’s operations from London Heathrow’s Terminal 2. The first Air Canada passengers to arrive at the new terminal were customers travelling on the carrier’s service from Toronto, which landed at 7:04am. The rest of the carrier’s first day at Terminal 2 included 10 other scheduled arrivals and 11 departures.
Starting from 18 June 2014, Air Canada will be moving all its London services to Heathrow’s new Terminal 2, allowing passenger’s travelling to and from London to fully take advantage of the terminal’s state-of the art facilities.
As Air Canada’s move is complete, Terminal 2 will accommodate all Star Alliance airlines operating from London Heathrow.