"I wouldn't be surprised that within the next year or so we'll see a number of Terminal 4 gates rebuilt with dual-level air bridges so they could accommodate SQ
A388's starting in 2006."
Why do you assume these carriers will move to T4
???. By 2011 T1 will be the STAR Alliance terminal so SQ
will probably be in there by then, and VS
are quite happy in T3
and I can't see Emirates wanting to move to the far side either. It's a pain in the @$$ for connecting passengers getting to/from T4
not to mention the added taxi times from 27R/09L and the inevitable hold to cross 27L/09R so I can't see the airlines falling over themselves to relocate to T4
The Info I have at the mo about the terminal situation is that from 2008-2011 Bmi will be the main operator out of T1 as by then BA
will have moved most if not all flights out to T4
/5. The terminal will then undergo major renovation and be extended outwards to where the top level of the drop off point is now. All the check-in "islands" and most of the landside shops will be ripped out and the check-in desks will be refitted to resemble the way they are in T4
in one long line. The international pier (pier 2 ??) will become domestic and will be in the middle of the International gates so domestic pax can transfer more easily and the Europier will be extended out to where runway 23 is now. Once the terminal has been completely revamped then the Star Alliance carriers will move in and T1 will become the Star Alliance terminal. They are also studying plans to make one large departure area for ALL
destinations rather than have seperate Dom and Int lounges and use facial recognition technology to stop International pax going to the Domestic gates and vice versa.
and 5 and to have T2
for the other One World operators that won't fit in T5
, and T3
will be for the remainder of the airlines that ain't in any alliances.
I got that info from a friend who was at a meeting with BAA regarding the future of T1 a couple of weeks ago so read into it what you want but thats what I was told.
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