Earlier this month marked the opening of the new London Heathrow Terminal 2 - The Queen's Terminal - a drastic redesign focused on alleviating the capacity issues that have plagued Heathrow for years. Following the troubled launch of the then-new Terminal 5 in March of 2008 (where 34 flights were canceled and baggage check-ins suspended), the brass at Heathrow planned the opening of T2 with more finesse and understanding. The official opening on June 3rd welcomed only United Airlines to the scene - a deliberate choice and part of a slow roll-out designed to avoid another turbulent opening day for Heathrow. In the coming months the remaining Star Alliance Carriers will welcome T2 as their new home, greatly reducing the cramped conditions of the other Heathrow terminals - a welcome change for international travelers.
Terminal 2's upgrade is not only functional but also aesthetically modern. Pearlescent ceilings scored with rows of windows welcome travelers to a fresh, naturally lit and spacious interior with a clear flow for passengers to follow. The long concourses are speckled with a veritable cornucopia of retail offerings. Travelers can choose from the high-end fashions of Bulgari, Burberry, and Gucci to the liquor-lined walls of World Duty Free. This radical redesign is capped off with an incredible sculpture piece crafted by the infamous installation artist/surreal sculptor, Richard Wilson. His monumental sculpture, "Slipstream," stretches 80m and is constructed from massive pieces of twisted aluminum - an homage to the beautiful yet fleeting jet streams of air show stunt planes.
The combination of form and function in this newly renovated terminal is a welcomed transformation for both employees and passengers of Heathrow, an international hub that has earned a reputation for delays and congestion. Once fully operational, T2 will help to streamline the airport travel experience, and in turn London Heathrow will overthrow its rivals, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, as the top gun of European aviation hubs.
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