LONDON – The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year.
The new facility was hailed as a cornerstone of Heathrow's revitalization as it was shown to the press Wednesday, in advance of the June opening.
Lead architect Luis Vidal says its extensive use of natural light and high quality acoustics should make it a calm space for travelers.
The 2.5 billion pound ($4.2 billion) terminal, in conjunction with the relatively new Terminal 5, gives Heathrow two modern terminals as it competes with other major European airports.
Heathrow officials say they are still pushing to build a third runway.