Heathrow T5 opens its doors
26 January 2009 10:37
London Heathrow's new terminal building has today welcomed its very first passengers who had mixed opinions about the £4.5 billion travel hub.
While some were in awe of the terminal's modern design and state-of-the-art facilities, others remained unimpressed by the queues and slow baggage reclaim.
Officials said that minor blips were to be expected within the first few months of Terminal Five (T5) opening but that in general, the first day had been a big success.
The new building is expected to encourage even more Brits to head abroad, if only to catch their first glimpse of the controversial T5.
Speaking to the Guardian, the first passenger on the first outbound flight said that he was so determined that no one should go before him that he jetted in from Kenya yesterday in order to catch the Paris flight.
Despite the £800 price tag, 31-year-old Paul Walker told the newspaper it was "well worth it".
Anyone planning to jet off on holiday from T5 or any other airport terminal in the UK is advised to take out adequate travel insurance.