Officials have said the main structure work on Heathrow’s forthcoming Terminal 2 has been completed.

Airport news for Heathrow,Travel on 01/03/2012.

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The Spanish-owned airport’s operator, the British Airports Authority (BAA), released a statement this week saying that the completion on the new terminal’s main elements would be marked via a topping out ceremony ahead of its scheduled opening in 2014.

The £2.5 billion new terminal is the largest part of Heathrow’s ongoing £4.3 billion upgrade scheme in which the BAA looks to expand the airport’s capacity by more than 20 million travellers per year.

BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said this week that the milestone put his organisation within touching range of a time in which the airport – the busiest in Europe – would offer passengers some of the best facilities in the region. He added however that there was still “much to be done”.

Similarly, Justine Greening, the transport secretary, said that the new Terminal 2 would boast top-of-the-line British materials and craftsmanship and was a “success” for the UK construction industry.

The original Terminal 2 that was demolished two years ago and upon its opening in 1955 was designed to host only 1.2 million passengers per year. In 2009, some 10 million people passed through the facility.

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