ok, ill post "the plans" again as i know them:
Plan A (most likely): BA
and Oneworld to T5
en mass. T1 converted to STAR terminal. Terminal 2 to be closed, rebuilt, possibly as Virgin or Skyteam terminal. T4
to take up carriers currently in T1/2 that are not STAR/OW and partially demolished (the remote finger) to allow additional carparks. T3
to be rebuilt in stages/linked to T5
Plan B (also likely): Most Ba/OW services to T5
domestic/ireland to remain at T1, T2
rebuilt as eurohub, STAR possibly with Virgin and/or some non-aligned airlines to T4
PLan C: Terminal 5 open season in part, BA
as well, T1 becomes STAR hub, T2
rebuild/linked to T5
Plan D: requires opening of LHR
to us airlines: T5
Skyteam+Virgin, T1 STAR, T2
rebuilt as part of T3
, non-aligned carriers use T2
There are of course lots of possible outcomes. Alot depends on whos operating what by the time T5
opens. The BAA hasnt officially stated more than whats in the contract with BA
yet, so alot of it is still unknown or undecided.
There are a few "wildcard" airlines as well: Emirates, El Al and some of the smaller European airlines (Luxair for example) that will need to be accomidated. El Al may get to use T4
regardless of what happens, just to allow them more room for their security services, which im told are shoe-horned into spaces at T1 currently.
Virgin will probably push to get T4
in part (if not in full) but BA
still holds alot of the cards with that facility. Virgin might also push to be allowed to rebuild Terminal 2 as their "gateway" facility. Runway 23 could be a factor in any expansion of the terminals as well. It isnt officially closed yet, but might well be soon. IF
and when it is, it would allow signifigant expansion of both Terminals 1 and 2.
Most of the plans i see for T3
have it becoming basically the mirror of T5
eventually. With remote concourses linked by a single tunnel running all the way between T3
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