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Grimshaw Architects Expand London Heathrow Airport

In some good news since Brexit, it seems plans to give London’s Heathrow Airport a well-needed makeover might soon be a reality, with a little help from architectural firm Grimshaw.

Announced July 19, the London-based firm ousted competitors the likes of Zaha Hadid Architects, Benoy and HOK with its “visionary concept designs, which pushed the boundary of what an airport could and should be” and “unique ideas around how Heathrow could be expanded in a sustainable but affordable way.”

Its concept design, revealed in a clip below, sees a new international terminal that features a satellite concourse, control tower, urban center and landscaped exterior. As per the brief, their submission showed innovative, contemporary lines with an emphasis on sustainable infrastructure. The Central Terminal will also be redesigned to become the host of Terminal 2, with a large skylight and curving balcony that will house retail outlets.


Heathrow’s head of design Barry Weekes is quoted insisting that “with the concept architect and programme client partners now in place, we are now ready to begin the process of expansion once the government makes the right choice for the whole of Britain.”

London Heathrow Airport is certain the upgrade will go ahead despite disapproval from public figures, as well as environmental and local advocacy groups, citing the importance of a new runway and terminal for Britain, especially in the current European climate. However, the final decision, which lies with the Transport Minister, still remains to be seen, as new Prime Minister Theresa Lay continues to strongly oppose the expansion.

Yoga Airport

SkyTeam Offers Yoga Sessions at London Heathrow

Yoga Airport

Global airline alliance  is offering customers pre-flight yoga in its Exclusive Lounge at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4.

The pre-flight yoga class is part of a two-month pilot project aimed at helping travelers zen out before boarding their plane and being confined to their seats for hours on end.


Held inside SkyTeam’s London Exclusive Lounge, the pop-up yoga studio will provide mats while classes will be guided via instructional videos.

Member airlines that fly out of Heathrow include Delta, Air France, KLM, Korean Air and China Eastern.


Heathrow joins airports in Helsinki, San Francisco, Dallas Forth Worth and Chicago in offering a yoga program.

Permanent wellness programs at the SkyTeam lounge at Heathrow include an oxygen bar, massage chairs and a range of complimentary treatments.

Heathrow Airport Terminal 2

Heathrow Airport opens gates to new terminal 2

Heathrow Airport Terminal 2

The gates of the sparkling new Heathrow Airport terminal will open this week, capping off an £11 billion investment over the last decade.

Terminal 2, or The Queen’s Terminal, will become home to 26 airlines, 23 of which are Star Alliance members, and can handle 20 million passengers.

When fully operational, the terminal will operate 332 daily flights to 54 global destinations. On Wednesday, flyers with United Airlines will be the first to christen the sparkly new halls of Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow Airport T2

Here’s Terminal 2 by the numbers:

40,000 square meters (or, four times the size of Buckingham Palace)

26 airlines

634 toilets

1,340 parking spots

118,000 individual pieces of equipment, from light fittings to escalators

100,000 test bags that passed through the terminal

33 shops

17 restaurants

20 million passenger capacity

60 check-in desks

66 self-serve check-in desks

6 months of trials and training

14,000 volunteers who helped put the airport through its paces

1,700 familiarization training sessions

7,106 seats

1 personal shopping lounge

Grey Goose coktails

Heathrow Airport Opens Grey Goose Loft

Grey Goose coktails

Bacardi Global Travel Retail and Virgin Atlantic have announced the opening of the Grey Goose Loft at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow.

Guests are offered an amuse-bouche on arrival at the bar, with professional mixologists creating tailor-made Grey Goose cocktails.

Over the coming months Virgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers will see a series of special events being held in the Grey Goose Loft as Grey Goose celebrates its partnerships in the worlds of art, music, fashion and film.
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Airport Security

Pay a fee to speed through security with Jetblue

Airport Security

Flyers with US budget carrier JetBlue can now buy themselves speedy access through security lines, an idea which could catch on further afield.

At select airports, passengers who purchase the “even more speed” package will be able to use dedicated lanes, or those reserved for premium passengers, to ensure they pass through security checkpoints faster than the rest.

Although many airports around the world offer a premium security package sold by a third party, such as Privium at Schiphol and London Heathrow‘s “Fast Track” program, an airline bundling the service with a flight is an interesting development.
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Airline lounges – who has the best?

Last week, Hong Kong-flag carrier Cathay Pacific unveiled its new lounge at Hong Kong International airport, promising a “new level of comfort and convenience.”

“The Cabin” is spread across 1,339 square meters and designed by Foster and Partners to be “contemporary, refreshing and dynamic.”

Passengers can choose between 5 zones designed for different purposes, including The Reception, The IT Zone, The Deli, The Health Bar, and The Relaxing Zone.
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The world’s duty free shopping hotspots

Dubai’s duty free shops remain the busiest duty free outlets in the world, according to figures released this week by the Dubai Duty Free and Generation Research.

Consumers spent a staggering $1.14 billion at Dubai’s duty free outlets in 200, over 5 percent of money spent at airports around the world.

Dubai’s sales put it ahead of London Heathrow and Seoul Incheon, the world’s second and third largest duty free markets respectively, which both suffered a fall in demand between 2008 and 2009.
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Beijing Airport overtakes Heathrow as second-largest

Beijing International Airport has overtaken London Heathrow as the world’s second busiest, in a sign of China’s growing dominance of international travel.

In terms of seat capacity, Beijing International is now second only to Atlanta Hartsfield in the US, according to a July 6 report by aviation analyst OAG.

Beijing’s business has been boosted by a sharp growth in the number of passenger seats to Asia, a growth of nine percent which equates to some 15.3 million more seats flying to or from the region.
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Madonna and her 25 pieces of luggage

Madonna flew into London’s Heathrow airport yesterday along with more than 25 pieces of luggage.

The 51-year-old star looked pale and tired as she stepped off the plane from New York with her two adopted kids, David Banda, four, and Mercy James, also four.

However, the two porters who had to move the enormous pile of luggage looked far more exhausted, reports the Telegraph.

They were photographed struggling to shift two trolleys laden down with bags through Terminal 3.
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Dalmore Releases £10,000 Malt Whisky

Dalmore distillery has announced the launch of one of its most prized whiskies – the Sirius – with a price of £10,000 per bottle.

Sirius will only be available to private buyers and through a limited network of World Duty Free (WDF) stores.

The Dalmore’s 1951 Sirius Vintage is a single-cask, single malt whisky, with a cask strength of 45%.
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Delta’s New Heathrow Lounge

If you’re traveling from London’s Heathrow Airport aboard Delta Air Lines or one of its SkyTeam partners, you’ll soon be able to take advantage of this futuristic and luxurious new lounge.

The lounge is open to international first and business class passengers as well as SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers.

The two-level minimalist styled lounge features a spa, restaurant, wine bar, oxygen bar and entertainment hub.
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New Limited Edition Watches For Heathrow’s Terminal 5

GIORGIO ARMANI is among the designers who will be launching limited edition watches to celebrate the opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 later this month. Designed exclusively for the launch, the designer is unveiling three new designs that will be sold at the terminal’s World Duty Free store.

The designs, which include an Emporio Armani Gentleman’s stainless steel watch and two Emporio Armani ladies watches, will sit alongside five new watches from Burberry Endurance and Michael Kors, as well as designsfrom Breil, Sekonda, Toy Watch and Casio G-shock.

Via Vogue