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London Heathrow reveals plans for its new Terminal 2

The next major improvement coming at London’s busy Heathrow Airport is the debut of its new $4 billion Terminal 2, scheduled for 2014. Airport officials last week announced which carriers will be operating out of the facility, and what will happen to Terminal 1.

The main occupants of the new T2, officials said, will be the many member carriers of the global Star Alliance, which are currently scattered around Terminals 1, 3 and 4 at Heathrow. In addition to United Airlines and US Airways, Star member carriers flying to Heathrow include Aegean Air, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, EVA, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss International, TAP Air Portugal, Thai International, and Turkish Airlines.

Ireland’s Aer Lingus, which currently flies out of Terminal 1, will also move to the new Terminal 2, officials said. And Virgin Atlantic’s new domestic U.K. services—which will include flights from LHR to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen—will also use Terminal 2 after initially flying from Terminal 1 when they begin next summer. Virgin Atlantic recently announced that its new domestic routes will be flown by Aer Lingus aircraft and crews operating under the Virgin brand.

Virgin’s international flights will continue to fly out of LHR’s Terminal 3. Its new domestic routes were previously flown by bmi, which was acquired by British Airways, giving BA a monopoly on the three routes that Virgin plans to enter.

With the coming debut of the new Terminal 2, Heathrow will eventually close Terminal 1 and demolish it to make room for future expansion of T2. “Heathrow is still in discussion with those airlines which currently operate from Terminal 1 and are not members of the Star Alliance (El Al, Icelandair, Cyprus Airways Germanwings and Transaero) about their future location when Terminal 1 closes. We expect to conclude those discussions in early 2013,” a spokesman said.

Heathrow’s new T2 is expected eventually to handle some 20 million passengers annually. The project includes a main terminal, satellite building and aircraft parking stands.

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