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New Heathrow Airport terminal opened by The Queen
30 Jun 2014

Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal at Heathrow Airport was opened earlier this month, appropriately enough by the monarch herself.

The opening took place some six decades after her majesty opened The Queen’s Building, which was the original Terminal 2.

"Heathrow is delighted to welcome Her Majesty to open her new airport terminal," commented Heathrow development director and chief executive designate John Holland-Kaye, in the run up to the official opening.

"Today is a celebration of the great work by many people and many organisations from across the country to create a new front door for the UK."

As part of the opening, The Queen unveiled a special plaque which is set to be installed in the terminal.

Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal is part of a £11 billion investment from the private sector to revamp Heathrow Airport.

The money covers the construction of Terminal 2A and 2B and Terminal 5, refurbishment for other terminals and a new control tower.

Terminal 2 was first opened by the Queen in 1955, and was the debut passenger terminal at Heathrow.

More recently, though, this building was demolished so that a more modern construction could replace it, as well as Terminal 1.

Though it was officially opened on June 23rd, the new version of Terminal 2 has actually been used by passengers since June 4th.

By the time it is fully occupied it is set to have 332 flights a day to more than 50 places around the world.

Presently being used by four airlines, among them United, the plan is that it will be called home by 26 eventually.

"The completion of the new Queen’s Terminal is the culmination of an £11bn private investment programme that delivers a world-class hub airport that the UK can be proud of," said Mr Holland-Kaye.ADNFCR-408-ID-801732254-ADNFCR

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