After what seems like a lifetime (and for some of you, even before that), London Heathrow has finally received permission to move forward with plans to construct a 3rd runway. The approval came amid a contentious debate between supporters and opponents of the idea. Supporters looked at the 3rd runway as a much needed relief valve for the already over-congested LHR as well as a huge economic boon to the area and country. The major concerns from the opposition revolved around cost of the construction and environmental impact.
The layout of the Runway expansion. Looks like a few villages will have to move over a bit. Courtesy: BBC
The £18 billion runway, set to be over 11,000 feet long, is however a long way from being installed. Opponent groups have already announced plans to raise funds and to take the fight to the airport and government through legal challenges in an attempt to have the decision reversed. Should the legal challenges fail (as I expect they will), the runway construction would begin in 2020 and if everything is on time, the runway would enter service 5 years later.
With the opening of Heathrow’s new Queen’s Terminal in June, Star Alliance members began to transfer their operations to the brand new facility. As part of the move, Lufthansa has installed a fantastic new SENATOR & BUSINESS Lounge for passengers to enjoy. Though the new terminal has been open since June, the construction of the Lounges was not completed until recently, just ahead of Lufthansa’s scheduled date to transfer operations to ‘T2’. A select few had an opportunity to gain a sneak peek of the new Lufthansa Lounges before the flying public could get its hands on it and shared their photos.
A big thanks to Vielfliegertreff’s RCS (akaFlyerTalk’s RCS85551) and FlyerTalk’s Oliver2002 for providing all of the photos of the new Lounge that you’ll see below. You’ll notice that the theme of the lounge is consistent with that of the new Lounges that you’ll find in Frankfurt, with new seat designs and separate seating areas based on passenger’s needs. From first glance, it looks as though Lufthansa will recreate the same Senator & Business Class experience as we are accustomed to in Germany.
To learn more about Terminal 2 and the additional amenities that you’ll find, please visit Heathrow’s official website for T2.
Schedule for *A members move to Terminal 2
Entry and Reception:
A wide variety of seating options welcomes passengers:
Attention to details: Multiple power outlets in the ‘Business Center’ of the lounge.
As you would expect, the lounge is well appointed with high quality offerings:
A large self-serve food and beverage area is nearly identical to what you would find in other new Lounges….