TV first for Heathrow

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HEATHROW has launched what it says is its first ever TV ad­vert, as spec­u­la­tion grows over a third run­way an­nounce­ment.

The ‘First Flight’ ad­vert, which has been on our screens for a week now, cel­e­brates the air­port’s 70th an­niver­sary and looks for­ward to the next 70 years.

Set to the lit­tle known David Bowie track When I Live My Dream, it fea­tures a wide-eyed young girl with an avi­a­tor’s cap trav­el­ling through the air­port with her owl suit­case be­fore tak­ing to the skies for the first time.

The ad­vert comes amid re­ports the long-awaited de­ci­sion over air­port ex­pan­sion could be im­mi­nent.

For­mer trans­port sec­re­tary Pa­trick McLough­lin had an­nounced af­ter the EU ref­er­en­dum re­sult that an an­nounce­ment on air­port ex­pan­sion was not likely be­fore Oc­to­ber.

But The Con­struc­tion In­dex re­ported that his suc­ces­sor Chris Grayling could an­nounce the goa­head for a third run­way at Heathrow sooner.

The con­struc­tion in­dus­try news web­site said do­ing so would show Bri­tain is ‘open for busi­ness’ and al­le­vi­ate un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing Brexit.

How­ever, the De­part­ment for Trans­port (DfT) moved to dampen spec­u­la­tion over an im­mi­nent an­nounce­ment.

A DfT spokesper­son said: “It is vi­tally im­por­tant we get the de­ci­sion right. The sec­re­tary of state and his min­is­te­rial team will want to con­sider all of the ev­i­dence be­fore the gov­ern­ment takes a de­ci­sion.”

New prime min­is­ter Theresa May’s pre­vi­ous op­po­si­tion to a third run­way at Heathrow, along with that of some cab­i­net mem­bers has prompted sug­ges­tions the case for ex­pan­sion, may have swung the way of Gatwick.

In Fe­bru­ary this year, a Heathrow poster mak­ing the case for a third run­way was banned by the Ad­ver­tis­ing Stan­dards Author­ity for mak­ing a mis­lead­ing claim about the so-called ben­e­fits of ex­pan­sion.

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