Athletes departing from the London Olympic Games will go through a new £20m terminal at Heathrow Airport being developed by Mace.
It was announced that a special ‘Games Terminal’ will be built as part of the airport’s wider Olympics 2012 strategy with more than 10,000 athletes expected to use the airport.
The new terminal will be the departure point for 10,100 athletes and will help to manage bag collection to and from the Olympic and Paralympic Village.
Heathrow officials are expecting an increase of 35 per cent in departing bags on what will be the busiest day in its history - 13 August 2012.
Head of Olympic and Paralympic planning Nick Cole said: “The London 2012 Games will be a unique operational task and a massive challenge for Heathrow.
“The airport is one of the most popular international airports in the world and already operates close to capacity. Every part of the airport is working together to ensure we can give the athletes a warm welcome and ensure all passengers enjoy the atmosphere.”
In other plans to deal with the enormity of the games, Heathrow will offer check-in and baggage collection at the Olympic and Paralympic Village; build extra lifts for Paralympians using wheelchairs on arrival at the airport; provide media facilities for journalists to file stories.
Other challenges during the Games period include:
- Disembarking large number of passengers with reduced mobility from aircraft
- A 45 per cent increase from usual in arriving passengers on 26 July, the day before the Opening Ceremony
- Keeping the flow of road traffic moving outside terminals with extra coaches for athletes