Heathrow’s Top 10 moments from 2016: 5 to 1…
2016 has been one of the biggest years in Heathrow’s history, with TV shows, milestone birthdays and world-firsts aplenty! Today we’re counting down the top 5, of our top 10, Heathrow moments of 2016! Enjoy!
To see moments 10-6, click here.
5. ITV’s Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport Series 2 a success
Over 3 million viewers, on average, tuned in to each episode of ITV’s second series of Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport during May and June this year! From air traffic control, to new aircraft, passengers in need, travelling animals and more…the second series had it all!
The hashtag, #britainsbusiestairport, trended in the UK during two of the episodes and our own social media content had over 3.5 million views! We also teamed up with American Airlines to offer viewers the chance to win a trip to NYC.
Prior to the series, we hosted a number of bloggers to give them a taste of what the action is like behind the scenes at the airport, including:
Read our reviews of the episodes, here.
4. Go Heathrow Facebook flight scanner launched in world first
Over 180 destinations across 80 countries can be accessed via flights from Heathrow, and for the first time they’re now all easily accessible in the one place…on Facebook! This year we launched Go Heathrow in partnership with Skyscanner, allowing Facebook users to search and book their Heathrow flights directly from the channel.
The tool is the first time this search based technology has been used on social media, anywhere in the world. The tool is easy to use and is designed to ensure users find the most competitive fares for their chosen destination across a wide range of airline and travel websites. So go on, what are you waiting for….visit Go Heathrow now.
3. Team GB welcomed back from Rio Olympics
On September 9, Great Britain’s Olympic Team touched down at Heathrow after winning a staggering 147 medals at the Rio Olympics! British Airways flight BA2016 Victorious brought the team back home using specially decorated, gold-tipped 747.
Their arrival trended on Twitter for most of the day, with a lot of the athletes getting in on the act. We’ve compiled some of our favourite tweets from the day, here.
2. UK Government recommends Heathrow expansion
On October 25, the UK Government announced its support for Heathrow expansion as its preferred option for increasing airport capacity. The announcement followed the 2.5 year, £20 million, Airports Commission and over a year of additional debate during which the Government completed more work on the issue.
The announcement means that Heathrow expansion will create the first full length runway in the south-east since the second world war. As Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye described, “A new runway will open trade routes and create jobs up and down the UK. Heathrow will play a key role in making our country stronger and fairer for everyone.” Read more, here.
1. Heathrow Christmas ad goes viral
Brands like John Lewis and Marks & Spencer have become synonomous with the idea of a “Christmas ad” in recent years. This year though Heathrow’s first Christmas ad – “Best gift of all” – became the one that everyone was talking about, featuring across all the major news outlets.
The film features two much-loved and ageing teddy bears as they arrive at the airport. It captures tender moments between the couple; from the wife gently waking her sleeping husband in his seat, to his protective arm helping her onto the escalator. As they travel through the airport, the film – set to a classic Chas and Dave soundtrack – captures all the familiar sights and sounds of the UK’s hub airport.
So far the film has had over 12 million views on Heathrow’s own channels, as well as 10’s of millions of views across other online websites. Read more about the film, here.