Want a baggage carousel? Heathrow terminal up for auction

London (AFP) –


From baggage carousels to airline signs and security scanners, the contents of a Heathrow airport terminal undergoing an upgrade will be auctioned off this month, the sale organisers said on Friday.

The sale of the contents of Terminal 1, once Europe's busiest terminal, also includes 110 check-in desks, 1,200 airport seats and 9 travelators, CA Global Partners (CAGP) said in a statement.

"A sale such as this, comprising the entire contents and infrastructure of an entire major airport terminal is unprecedented," Daniel Gray, managing partner of CAGP Europe.

Gray said some items were "iconic" and had "significant historic value", while others could be repurposed for different industries.

"There may even be elements of the furnishing that would appeal to nightclubs or other entertainment venues," he said.

Terminal 1 opened in 1968 and was gradually expanded before closing in 2015 to allow for a major upgrade at Heathrow, which is Europe's busiest airport by passenger numbers.

The sale includes 10 giant murals by Polish artist Stefan Knapp, a former pilot in Britain's Royal Air Force during World War II, that were specially commissioned for the terminal.

The auction is taking place on April 21 in a Heathrow hotel suite.

Heathrow opened as London's new airport in 1946.

Over 67 million passengers travel through annually on services offered by 90 airlines travelling to over 180 destinations.