Heathrow airport last week carried out the roof lift for its temporary London 2012 Games Terminal.
The Games Terminal will be the departure point for 10,100 athletes and, along with bag collection from the Olympic and Paralympic Village during the three days after the closing ceremony for the Olympic Games and then the Paralympic Games. It will only be used for this period.
The temporary structure will help the airport to manage the huge increase in departing bags and passengers anticipated on the day after the first closing ceremony. That day, 13 August, is expected to be the busiest day in the airport’s history, and Heathrow is forecasting 35% more departing bags than on a normal day. It will be decommissioned after use.
The building measures 70m by 55m and will house 31 check-in desks and seven security lanes.