On Wednesday, Heathrow’s £2.5bn new Terminal 2 received its first passengers from Chicago at around 5:55am.
The design of the new terminal marks a significant achievement in British construction, and is one of Europe’s largest sculptures.
Only 17 flights, all from the US carrier United Airlines, were due in on Wednesday as Heathrow planned a slow and smooth opening to banish memories of the debacle of the opening of Terminal 5 in 2008, reported the Guardian .
The passengers were ushered through the immigration before collecting their bags.
According to John Holland-Kaye, the chief executive-in-waiting of Heathrow said that it’s a good thing to start with a phased rollout.
The passengers found the new terminal which has transformed from a revolutionary check-in technology, to the spectacular wave-roof as “pretty cool”.