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Old May 12th, 2008, 12:05 AM   #1
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LCY/LGW/LHR/LTN/SEN/STN | London Area Airports

I've started this thread to look at the changes that are due to take place at Heathrow over the coming years in the run-up to the start of the Olympic games.

Heathrow will be (provided there are no unexpected developments in the meantime) the main port of entry for international visitors to the 2012 Olympics.

The Olympic developments are already under way. So too are the various developments on the surface transport facilities to improve access to the main and secondary Olympic sites.

At Heathrow, the new Terminal 5 has already been opened and provides a new 30 million passenger facility (when completed in 2010) at an airport currently handling about 68 million passengers per annum, but which has facilities (prior to T5) designed to cope with only 45 million per annum.

There are two runways at the airport running at about 99% utilisation, and although there are now plans to add a third runway, this has not yet been approved, and will in any rate not be ready in time for 2012. As a work around, there will be some changes made to operations at the airport to increase the number of landing and take slots.

BAA, the airport operator has stated that as part of its wider plans for Heathrow, the Master Plan for the next few years will see that the majority of passengers in 2012 will be using terminals that did not exist at the start of 2008 (these facilities are inclusive of the recently opened T5). Redevelopment of T3 and T4 is underway, with work to replace T1 and T2 by the new Heathrow Eest Terminal due to start in 2008 with it is hoped completion of phase 1 in time for the Olympics. BAA plans to spend £4.54bn at Heathrow by the end of 2012. This will cover the construction of Heathrow East, the demolition of T2 (followed by that of T1), and the refurbishment of T3 and T4.

In addition, there will be some re-organisation of the allocation of terminal facilities to airlines along the lines of their Alliance partnerships. This has started with the BA plans for the relocation of about 90% of their services to T5; this has been delayed because of the inauguration issues at T5, but is back under way though at a slower pace.

The SkyTeam Alliance will be the first beneficiary as the member airlines start to move into there new T4 home.

One interesting point about the SkyTeam plans for Heathrow is that it illustrates a problem now for the airport due to its over stretched facilities, and the environmental constraints on its growth. That is that although it is the world's busiest airport for international connections, the number of unique destinations served by the airport is declining as less profitable roots are priced out of the airport in favour of more flights on the higher margin destinations such as those in the US.

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Old May 12th, 2008, 01:40 AM   #2
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Heathrow East Publicity Film

An interesting film (dating I think from 2007) about the proposals for Heathrow East, including some historic clips of the early days of the airport:

T5 Video

The guy presenting the video left BAA after the liquids security problems in 2007.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:05 AM   #3
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Airline Terminal Reorganisation Plans

The opening of T5 will see the start of a process that will take several years to complete and which will reorganise the allocation of terminal facilities amongst the airlines along the lines of their alliance partnerships. In addition to the co-location of alliance partners, the reorganisation will help to more evenly distribute passengers amongst the terminals and so will considerably reduce the level of congestion. This is illustrated by the Terminal Pass anger numbers for March 2008.

More than 50 of the 90 odd airlines operating from Heathrow will take part in the moves.

Since in most cases transfer passengers will transfer between the partners of the same alliance, they are going to progressively be less likely to be put through the experience of being bussed between terminals in order to make connections. Instead they will be able to make the transfer by foot within the arrival terminal.

Passengers will also benefit from the new alliance lounges and facilities that the alliances are expected to provide in their anchor terminals.

The eventual outcome will be that each of the alliances will operate principally (if not wholly) from a single anchor terminal. As of May 2008, it appears that most of the relocation plans will be completed in 2012 (Star Alliance final phase).

Alliance and Airline plans:

Oneworld - T5 and T3 (with baggage systems due to be linked by 2011)
Oneworld - Plans for consolidation in to two terminals - February 2008
BA - Initial relocation plan for 90% of their services - March 2008
BA - First phase of revised plan - May 2008

SkyTeam - T4
SkyTeam - SkyTeam slot trade - June 2007
SkyTeam - Relocation plan - February 2008
SkyTeam - First SkyTeam co-branded lounge due to open in Autumn 2008 - March 2008
Continental - Currently a member of SkyTeam and operating from T4, but may now join Oneworld which implies a future move to T3 - May 2008
KLM - KLM already operates from T4 - February 2008

Star Alliance - T1 (Heathrow East from 2012)
Star Alliance - Relocation plan - June 2008 - 2012 - March 2008
BMI - Relocation plans - summary table - March 2008
BMI - Concern at delays to relocation plans due to problems at T5 - April 2008
SAA - Moves to common Star Alliance lounge in T1 - May 2008

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Old July 29th, 2008, 04:28 PM   #4
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Heathrow East delayed by up to a year

"Construction of the £1.5bn Heathrow East project could be delayed by up to a year, the Contract Journal reports. The trade paper reports that airport operator BAA has held a series of briefings with contractors warning them about possible hold-ups."

As predicted, the issues at T5 have had a knock-on effect on the redevelopment of the other terminals, but there is also speculation that the refinancing of BAA's debt may also have been a factor.

The delays most likely mean that the new terminal will still be a construction site during the Olympics.

http://www.uk-airport-news.info/heat...ws-230708c.htm


... though there is also a proposal to 'boge' an 'on-time' opening, by building one of the new piers onto the existing terminal (1 or 2?):
http://www.uk-airport-news.info/heat...ws-240708c.htm

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Old July 29th, 2008, 04:44 PM   #5
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Heathrow expansion runs into sticky opposition

A 'Plane Stupid' campaigner tries to glue himself to Gordon Brown - while receiving an award from him - the ungrateful bar-steward!

http://www.uk-airport-news.info/heat...ws-230708b.htm
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Old July 29th, 2008, 04:47 PM   #6
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New model installed at tunnel roundabout

The new model of the A380 in Emirates livery has now been installed at the entrance to the Heathrow Central Area Tunnel:

http://www.uk-airport-news.info/heat...ws-250708b.htm

They were taking publicity shots of the installed model on Saturday 26th July - and it is big.
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Funding sort for detailed planning of high-speed rail link

Arup have presented a proposal to extend HS1 from St Pancras to Heathrow as the first step towards a national High Speed Rail network.

The link would stop at a new 'Heathrow Central' station on the Great Western line linked to the airport terminals about 3km away(!).

The £4.5 million project would be privately financed, with the next stage being to develop a detailed plan:

http://www.uk-airport-news.info/heat...ews-270708.htm


Article discussing the two proposals:
http://91.186.0.3/~keepingt/tkr/3001_RM156/index.htm
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Preparatory works for Heathrow East

The main part of the construction work on Heathrow East may be delayed, but there has been some preparatory work going on.

This gantry has been installed to carry pipes and electrical cables from in front of T1, across the front of T2, and to the west side of the latter. Work is still in hand on the structure with it currently ending in mid-air at both ends:
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They also seem to be getting ready to demolish the pedestrian footbridge.


View from forecourt of T2:
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Old July 30th, 2008, 04:52 AM   #9
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T3 Forecourt redevelopment

Some photos of the recently completed T3 forecourt redevelopment work.

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Old August 3rd, 2008, 12:45 AM   #10
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nice to see heathrow finally being improved, terminal 3 looks so much better. They could prune the trees a little better they look rather messy.
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 12:51 AM   #11
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The new terminal 3 is worse off than before, before when you parked the car it was easy to go to the terminal using the bridge, now its a long and complicated walk and confusing also. Where the old burger king was in terminal 3, planes could be watched on the ground from the other side, now those viewing areas do not exist. The shops and food court is all differnt now and very expensive. Although terminal 3 looks good in pictures, in reality it is worse off when using it
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Old August 16th, 2008, 03:07 PM   #12
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The new terminal 3 is worse off than before, before when you parked the car it was easy to go to the terminal using the bridge, now its a long and complicated walk and confusing also. Where the old burger king was in terminal 3, planes could be watched on the ground from the other side, now those viewing areas do not exist. The shops and food court is all differnt now and very expensive. Although terminal 3 looks good in pictures, in reality it is worse off when using it
The changes to the departures drop-off fore-court are the most recent in a series of alterations planned for this terminal over the next three to four years. The changes to the forecourt have eliminated the bottleneck that would build up during busy departure windows with there not being enough capacity to handle the number of vehicles. It also provides a sheltered overspill area for the terminal for when things go wrong (as demonstrated this last week with the computer failures in T3).

The changes you mention actually gave rise to more space being available in departures in which to move around in and allowed for the expansion of the security area. However this arae is going to be altered again, I believe, to provide more space at the security checks and to reduce the queues.

The journey from the car park is longer, but that is because the old one was demolished to open up the forecourt. You now have to walk further because the existing car-park is further back from the terminal. The area in front of the Burger King you mention is now occupied by the new piers for the A380s. Overall, the terminal has been expanded several times over the ten years or so and there is much more room to move than before and far more services for the public. Future works are planned to open up more space in the north wing.
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"Construction of the £1.5bn Heathrow East project could be delayed by up to a year, the Contract Journal reports. The trade paper reports that airport operator BAA has held a series of briefings with contractors warning them about possible hold-ups."

As predicted, the issues at T5 have had a knock-on effect on the redevelopment of the other terminals, but there is also speculation that the refinancing of BAA's debt may also have been a factor.

The delays most likely mean that the new terminal will still be a construction site during the Olympics.

http://www.uk-airport-news.info/heat...ws-230708c.htm

... though there is also a proposal to 'boge' an 'on-time' opening, by building one of the new piers onto the existing terminal (1 or 2?):
http://www.uk-airport-news.info/heat...ws-240708c.htm
Well, this sucks. Does this mean demolition of Terminal 2 is delayed also? Phase 1 of the Heathrow East Terminal world be delayed until 2013, should this be the case?
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Well, this sucks. Does this mean demolition of Terminal 2 is delayed also? Phase 1 of the Heathrow East Terminal world be delayed until 2013, should this be the case?
Demolition of T2 delayed? I am not sure, but it probably has been - it is dependent upon how soon it can be vacated, which is linked to the series of airline relocations. There would have been some margin for drift in the original plans, but I suspect not enough to cover the delays arising from the T5 openning.

The redevlopment plans are very complex and have many inter-related dependencies, however there seems to be a provisional plan to get the new pier up and running for 2012. Heathrow East Phase 1 however is now unlikely to be ready for the Olympics, with Phase 2 completed for 2015 (I think).
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BA Short-Haul relocation date

BA is moving its remaining European short-haul services to T3 from 27th January 2009. Iberia and Finnair move to T3 on the same date.

http://www.uk-airport-news.info/heat...ws-220808c.htm


This represents a delay of about four months to the vacating of T1 by BA. T1 (and it's replacement - Heathrow East) will be home to the Star Alliance. This delay will also be indicative of the delays to the start of the main terminal redevelopment work.

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Heathrow East

Confirmation that the new terminal will not now be ready in time for the Olympics:

http://www.uk-airport-news.info/heat...ws-020908d.htm


... with speculation that start of work on T5 Satellite two may be brought forward to 2010.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 10:16 PM   #17
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Heathrow Terminal Refresh Program U/C

Heathrow Refresh

Along with the new Terminal 2 in development Heathrow Airport is trying to bring terminals 1,3 & 4 up to the same standards as the new Terminal 5

Heathrow Terminal 1

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Terminal 3

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Terminal 4

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Terminal 5 PRT

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These reburbishments are the least they could do to improve the way Heathrow is. Its nothing like the other airports like Dubai, ICN, KUL, SIN, and HKG.
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Old December 27th, 2009, 11:10 AM   #19
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thats properly because Heathrow has limited space to expand and doesn't have relaxed planning laws like of many of the countries you mentioned.

Imo Dubai is an ugly tacky looking airport.
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Any news about Heathrow 3rd runway?
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