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Heathrow Airport turns 70

01 June 2016 07:53

Joanna Lumley and Heathrow turned 70 in May

Joanna Lumley and Heathrow turned 70 in May

British tourists flying in and out of Heathrow Airport will notice some special plaques to mark its 70th birthday from this week.

Joanna Lumley helped the west London venue to see in its platinum anniversary on Tuesday (May 31).

The Absolutely Fabulous actress and former New Avengers star also became a septuagenarian this month.

She opened the celebratory plaques to mark UK culture highlights during the last 70 years.

Stat attack

Since 1946, Heathrow Airport has:

• welcomed over 2 billion customers in and out of its terminals

• flown more people to New York than anywhere else, with Dublin second and Dubai the third most popular

• staged 20 million-plus flights

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It offers protection for things such as stolen possessions and delayed and cancelled flights.

Heathrow Airport's iconic moments

1952: The Queen returns from Kenya to take over as the UK's monarch

1964: The Beatles arrive to screams of teenyboppers after the "Fab Four" toured the US

2003: Jonny Wilkinson and England's all-conquering rugby heroes return from the New Zealand and Australia-hosted World Cup

What Lumley says

The star calls being asked to help with Heathrow's celebration "an honour".

She mentions it being the starting point for her "precious" flights out to Nepal, where she has helped the Gurkhas.

What the airport says

John Holland-Kaye, the airport's chief executive, says it takes great pride in having helped millions of travellers besides boosting the British economy.

Mr Holland-Kaye says it is a cause to toast the airport's worldwide links and the impact they have had on the UK.

Qantas is also marking Heathrow's 70th birthday with a special competition.

The Australian airline is putting up for grabs 70 return flight tickets to Sydney as well as five nights' hotel stay.