Santa’s arrival marked the beginning of 24 days of unexpected surprises for the lucky 4.3 million passengers travelling through Heathrow, making their journey even more memorable as they make their way through the airport for Christmas.
On the first day, Heathrow surprised six passengers arriving in the UK with Ipads to stay in touch with loved ones whilst they are away. Other gifts, which will be given away at random over the next three weeks, include his and hers designer watches from Watches of Switzerland worth £5,000, 100 bottles of fragrances from World Duty Free, and Oakley winter survival kits for passengers flying off for a ski trip.
Clues to the identity of the daily surprises will be posted on Heathrow’s Secret Santa Facebook page, giving many passengers a fun, festive and memorable journey through Heathrow. This is the first time the airport has surprised passengers in this way.
Friday 21 December is expected to see the most departures from Heathrow with 105,000 passengers heading off to join their loved ones as they celebrate Christmas abroad. Santa will be on hand in his grotto that day to help with any last minute present requests. Elves will be handing out mince pies and 100 bottle of fragrance from World Duty Free, helping passengers get in the festive spirit.
Carol Stokes, Head of Passenger Experience at Heathrow said; “The Christmas holidays are an exciting time for Heathrow and for the many families, friends and couples making the most of the festive break. We want to make sure the 4.3 million passengers travelling through Heathrow during December have a smooth journey with a touch of Christmas magic."
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