The Europa Terminal – or what is these days known as London Heathrow Terminal 2 has sent its last passenger off into the night and has closed down, with the strip-out, demolition and rebuild
Flight AF1881 was the last to push back from the Europa Building (An hour late – that’s our Heathrow Airport) and thus closed 54 years of history of that low celinged check-in (as that floor was converted from a Car Park), drips and random coldness that was T2.
So what’s happening on the site? Well the building is being demolished (along with the Queens building – the admin block) in favour of the new T2, which will form the major hub for Star Alliance airlines, allowing T1 to be demolished in 2013, with completion in 2019.
In operations terms, the Star Alliance airlines have moved over to T1, whilst the remaining SkyTeam and non-aligned airlines (that’s Air France, Air Seychelles, Air Transat, CSA Czech Airlines, Libyan Airlines, Rossiya, Syrianair and Tunis Air) move over to T4.
Let it never be said that things never stand still at Heathrow… apart from when you’re waiting for a short haul push-back….