Heathrow Races To Record Summer

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Sixteen-time champion jockey AP McCoy today swapped his horse for a ride-on a suitcase to compete in the first ever Trunki race at Heathrow to launch the airport’s programme of summer activities.

AP McCoy gears up for the first ever Trunki race!

A.P. McCoy lines up for the race of his life!

The family friendly initiatives such as dedicated family lanes and children’s play area will take the load off parents and get holidays off to a flying start.

Sixteen-time champion jockey AP McCoy today swapped his horse for a ride-on a suitcase to compete in the first ever Trunki race at Heathrow to launch the airport’s programme of summer activities.

McCoy, who was voted 2010 Sports Personality of the Year and received his OBE from the Queen last month, was outridden by his three year old daughter Eve, but both were eventually pipped to the post by winner Chloe Milton aged three.

The airport held the Trunki race to signal the start of the summer getaway season as it launches a range of family-friendly initiatives to make the experience of travelling with children as stress-free as possible, including dedicated family lanes at security, pre-flight play areas and kids eat free offers.

Mr Men favourite Little Miss Sunshine will join staff to hand out free activity books and Cadbury’s jelly sweets to keep little ones entertained, while extra customer service staff will be on hand at check in and baggage reclaim to ensure a smooth journey. Passengers with young children can also take advantage of Heathrow’s Reserve & Collect service to ensure that baby milk, wipes and nappies are already waiting for them after security.

Heathrow is expecting more than 13.7 million people to pass through its doors in July and August of which 9.2 million are families and leisure passengers. This weekend is anticipated to be the busiest on record with 1.4 million set to fly through between now and Sunday. Over 124,000 passengers are predicted to fly from the airport on Sunday alone.

The pre-flight play areas will be located in all terminals following their successful trial in Terminal 5 at Easter. Kids will be able to eat for free in selected restaurants including Cafe Rouge in Terminal 1, Three Bells in Terminal 3, Dining Street in Terminal 4 and Huxleys in Terminal 5.

Terry Morgan, acting chief operating officer at Heathrow comments: “The Trunki is the ultimate symbol of children on holiday so we were delighted to have AP McCoy with us today to compete in our first suitcase race and to launch our programme of summer activities. We’re looking forward to a very busy summer at Heathrow and hope that the family friendly initiatives such as dedicated family lanes and children’s play area will take the load off parents and get holidays off to a flying start.”

McCoy comments:
“I’ve ridden in many races in my time but this is definitely the most unique! I’ve met a number of rising stars today who could be swapping their Trunkis for the real thing in a few years time.”

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