Heathrow has opened its new satellite terminal, ‘T5 C’, which will provide enough space for an extra 3 million passengers to pass through Terminal 5 each year.
The new €382 million satellite terminal, means that the extra 3mppa will be able to walk directly on to or off their aircraft using a covered ‘air bridge’ linked directly to the terminal building, rather than having to use a bus.
T5 C has 12 boarding gates, of which eight are triple bridges designed to cater for the new 12 strong fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft joining British Airways in early 2013.
The new satellite terminal is also closer to the other terminals at Heathrow, which will allow BA greater flexibility in how it manages its 4,000 flights each year.
A new transfer baggage tunnel linking T5 C and Terminal 3, due to open in 2012 will further improve baggage performance for all airlines at the airport.
Andy Lord, director of operations at British Airways, 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 that T5 C will improve our overall performance even further.”
The T5 C satellite is linked to the rest of Terminal 5 by the existing underground transit system, with journeys taking just over a minute.
Meanwhile, the building also has a range of shops for last minute purchases before customers board.
More than 70 million customers on over 500,000 flights have used Terminal 5 since it opened in March 2008.