Elizabeth II opened the fifth Heathrow terminal

Elizabeth II opened the fifth Heathrow terminalBritain's Queen Elizabeth II opened on Friday, the new fifth terminal (T5) London Heathrow international airport, the construction of which has caused fierce debate among the British public, reports BBC News.In his speech at the opening ceremony, the Queen called T5 "gateway to Britain of the 21st century".The construction of the terminal cost the British Treasury 4.5 billion pounds and lasted from September 2002. However, the plans for the establishment of the T5 were first published 15 years ago, in February 1993. T5 will serve exclusively to customers of British Airways and its full operation will begin March 27.The new terminal is placed in the Western part of the existing Heathrow airport and is a complex of three buildings, linked by transitions. The entire terminal has access to the subway lines and commuter trains linking London Heathrow with London. The complex includes 50 new Parking areas for aircraft, the number of which will be increased to 60 by 2010, the largest in Europe the baggage handling system - 12 thousand units per hour, Parking at 3800 cars, 112 shops, restaurants and eateries, 800 common areas. The T5 is designed to accommodate 30 million passengers a year and after his commissioning of the total passenger traffic Heathrow will reach 95 million, making this the largest airport passenger terminal complex in the world.Another innovation, which is planned for a T5, will become an advanced security system - all flying out passengers, including domestic flights, will be required to undergo biometric verification. According to the Sky News, this circumstance has already attracted criticism from civil libertarians.Dissatisfied with the advent of T5 and environmentalists who fought against the expansion of Heathrow during the whole time of the construction of the new terminal, as well as residents of neighboring towns. "Greens" believe that the T5 will be detrimental to the environment, and the citizens fear that the already large noise exposure from taking off from London Heathrow and coming in for a landing aircraft after the opening of T5 will be unbearable. Source: Elizabeth II opened the fifth Heathrow terminal.

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