Heathrow gets T5 boost
Tags: British Airways, London Heathrow airport, Terminal 5
Heathrow Airport can now cater for an extra three million British Airways customers after a £340 million expansion, it has been revealed.
The new terminal, known as T5 C, will become fully operational from mid-June with 12 boarding gates, of which eight are triple bridges designed to cater for the new 12-strong fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft being used by BA from 2013.
T5 C will allow passengers to walk directly on and off planes via an ‘air’ bridge linked to the terminal building instead of using a bus service.
An existing underground transit system, which includes a number of shops for last-minute purchases, links the new terminal with the rest of T5.
There are also further improvements planned at Heathrow with a new dedicated baggage transfer tunnel set to link T5 C and Terminal 3 to increase the speed of transferring luggage.
BA director of operations Andy Lord said: “Terminal 5 has transformed our ability to offer the very highest standards of customer service which our passengers rightly expect for punctuality, baggage handling and relaxing before their flight. We hope T5 C will improve our overall performance even further.”
More than 70 million customers have used T5 since it opened in March 2008.
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