Heathrow's New Panacea, er, Terminal
London Heathrow's $8.6 billion Terminal 5 is set to be unveiled March 27. Talk about much-anticipated! Heathrow, of course, is legendary for its sprawling layout, excessive delays and security problems, and the luggage fiasco of last summer -- when 6,000 bags were lost in one weekend -- left many travelers angrily vowing to avoid the airport entirely. No surprise that it was recently voted the world's least favorite airport by TripAdvisor readers.
Whenever officials addressed these issues, they said the same thing: Wait for Terminal 5, which will handle all of British Airways' flights and relieve congestion at the other four terminals. That'll solve everything.
It's going to be hard to live up to the hype. "Gone are the queues, the crowds, the stress," gushes British Airways' Web site. "In their place find space, light and calm.... to fly from or to Terminal 5, is to change the way you fly forever."
We'll see soon enough. In the meantime, the blog Jaunted has a photo gallery of the highly touted facility, pointing out that "the seating certainly doesn't look that comfortable." It doesn't. Just the thing you want for a long delay, right?
By K.C. Summers |
March 13, 2008; 3:22 PM ET
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