Heathrow has just released new pictures and video of its airport expansion plans for Terminal 6 including Heathrow West which will combine Terminal 5 and a new Terminal 6 west.
Footage in the video looks inside a new state of the art central terminal area. Terminal 2 will be expanded to form “Heathrow East” while Terminal 3 will make way for a new hotel, passenger and business facilities.
For passengers, a planned underground track transit system connecting the terminals should drop connection times to as little as 45 minutes.
To the north-west, the new runway will help increase Heathrow’s capacity to 740,000 flight movements – enough to compete with Paris Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Madrid. The new terminal will also help link up to 40 new direct destinations, and will create new facilities and lounges and greater competition between airlines.
As a regular traveller through Heathrow Terminal 5, I am hoping that the plans for Terminal 6 are approved as the £16bn private investment project is estimated to create up to £211bn in economic benefits for the UK and up to 180,000 jobs. For us travellers, the imagery of the new terminal looks impressive and terminal 6 will provide a brand new facility to enjoy with new lounges and direct flights to more destinations.
The video has been released at the same time that Heathrow has announced strong 2016 half yearly results including 35.7 million passengers, revenue up 1% to £1,320 million, and adjusted EBITDA up 4.4% to £781 million.
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