What Heathrow Terminal 5 Should Have Been
I got to fly out of Tianjin's new airport last week. The airport has a striking glass front. The airport is a large sweeping open hall. I had a very smooth experience. I got through check in, immigrations and customs very quickly. Everything had a nice new shine to it. Contrast this to the absolute chaos at the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5. Beijing Capital Airport has also recently opened a new terminal. Then I realised it would be interesting to compare them.
Beijing is already planning a second airport.
But it would be nice if Britain's construction projects were not not a laughing stock.
|Beijing Terminal 3|
|Passenger capacity||10 million passengers per year.||60 million passengers per year by 2020 (whole airport)||30 million passengers per year.|
|Area||116,000 square meters||986,000 square meters||465,000 square meters|
|Shopping area||2 shops in the international departures area.||45,200 square metres commercial area||18,580 square metres, which is about 150 retail units.|
|Public transportation||Number 113 bus||Buses and subway line extension||Tube, buses, trains, bikes|
|Public consultation time||Less than a second||Dunno||525 days|
|Build time||Seemingly overnight||47 months||66 months|
|Cost||Some money||Some more money||£4.3 billion|
|Taxi fare||£5||£30 from Tianjin (I know a guy)||Are you mad? (or rich)|
|Bags lost||0||0||Enough to build terminal 6|