Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh have officially opened London Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2 in the UK.
This move comes almost 60 years after the Queen opened the original Terminal 2.
Built with an investment of £2.5bn, the new terminal project is part of an £11bn private sector investment to transform Heathrow, which includes the construction of Terminal 2A and B, Terminal 5A, B and C, a new control tower, as well as the refurbishment of Terminals 3 and 4.
Heathrow development director and chief executive designate John Holland-Kaye said: "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."
On 4 June, the Heathrow Airport welcomed its first passengers to the new £2.5bn terminal, which will accommodate 26 airlines comprising 23 Star Alliance members, as well as Aer Lingus, Germanwings and Virgin Atlantic Little Red.
The airlines will move into the new terminal in phases over the next six months and when fully occupied, the terminal would have 332 daily flights to 54 global destinations when fully occupied.
According to London Heathrow Airport, the new building features a new covered court that connects the terminal to the main transport links.
The Queen’s Terminal is developed by luis vidal + architects and has taken five years to complete.
Image: The new Queen’s Terminal at Heathrow Airport. Photo: courtesy of LHR Airports.