Heathrow Airport has made a confident announcement that the new Terminal 2 will open on 4th June 2014.
Having learnt lessons from the chaotic opening of Terminal 5, operations will be phased in over a number of weeks – something that is relatively easy to do because of the number of different airlines using the terminal. Like Terminal 5, Terminal 2 will also have a satellite terminal – 2B – reachable by shuttle train.
It will be the de-facto Star Alliance terminal, with 23 alliance members operating out of it. It will also include Germanwings (a Lufthansa subsidiary, which makes sense) plus Aer Lingus and Virgin Little Red.
The latter is a little surprising, as Virgin Atlantic will continue to operate out of Terminal 3. British Airways will continue to look more attractive for connecting traffic, with the majority (admittedly not all) of its flights allowing a Terminal 5 to Terminal 5 connection. This may be down to the lack of domestic immigration and customs facilities in Terminal 3.
(It is good news for Virgin Upper Class passengers, though, who will not find the Clubhouse in Terminal 3 swamped with domestic passengers. Hopefully Little Red passengers will, at last, be able to access a decent lounge in the new terminal.)
Once Terminal 2 is open, the phased demolition of Terminal 1 will begin. An extension to Terminal 2 will then get underway.
I’m certainly looking forward to giving it a go – perhaps I will revisit Little Red at that time, who I am due to try for the first time next week.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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