When the world’s largest passenger aircraft arrives at the world’s busiest
international airport next year, it will pull up to a brand new
state-of-the-art building designed specifically to meet the needs of the
Today, the first complete gate room at Pier 6 is being unveiled. It is one
of four gate rooms that will make-up the new 280 metre long glass-fronted
building and represents a significant step forward in the ongoing
transformation of BAA Heathrow.
Robert Swan, BAA Heathrow’s Major Projects Director commented: “Today’s
unveiling of a completed gate room demonstrates Heathrow’s readiness for
the A380, as well as its commitment to meeting the demands of a 21st
Century airport. Whilst significant investment is being made in T5, we
have been spending £300m per year on improving the rest of the airport and
Pier 6 is a perfect illustration of this investment.
Swan continued: “The A380 represents a new dawn in aviation history and
Heathrow is spending £450m to ensure we are ready for it. We know that
people will be very excited about their journey when they arrive at
Heathrow and we’ve built a brand new building, known as Pier 6, that will
take them to the aircraft, offering spectacular views of the runway and the
“The investment we are making underscores the importance of the A380 to the
future of Heathrow. It is the most exciting development in aviation for
over 30 years and will allow us to make more efficient use of both our busy
Heathrow will be one of the first airports in the world ready for the A380.
Runways have been widened, taxiways have been moved, new baggage belts have
been installed and lights repositioned. Two dedicated stands at Terminal 4
are also being built and some of the stands at Terminal 5 will be able to
accommodate larger generation aircraft.