The ceremony commemorated the Queen's long association with the airport by unveiling a plaque in her honour, naming Terminal 2 "The Queen’s Terminal”.
The new Terminal 2, part of a £11bn private investment programme, started its operations smoothly earlier this month and will house all 23 Star Alliance member airlines that serve the UK’s only hub airport.
Airlines currently operating out of the terminal include, United, Air Canada, Air China and the remaining Star Alliance airlines are expected to move in by November.
South African Airways confirmed it would officially move to the new terminal in October 2014.
Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance said, “It is terrific to see this new terminal coming to life as our Heathrow home after so many years of careful planning and construction. We are honoured that Her Majesty the Queen has lent her name to this fantastic new facility which will deliver an excellent service to Star Alliance customers at this major hub.”
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Development Director and CEO designate said, “Heathrow is delighted to welcome Her Majesty to open her new airport terminal. Today is a celebration of the great work by many people and many organisations from across the country to create a new front door for the UK.
Representing an estimated 20% of Heathrow's traffic, all Star Alliance carriers will be in a single Heathrow terminal for the first time, creating "a superior travel experience for passengers, new business opportunities for the member airlines and providing an improved working environment for employees", the alliance said.
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