Although Heathrow, Gatwick, politicians and business leaders are locked in a fierce tug of war regarding which airport will be granted approval for expansion, it’s not all doom and gloom in the travel industry.Ryanair increased its profit guidance by 25 per cent in September following a spike in passenger numbers in August, while Heathrow transported a record 7.33m travellers over the period. And with Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens due for release on 18 December, Japanese airline ANA has introduced a five-year project that revolves around the sci-fi series with an R2-D2 jet. Not wanting to be left out, British Airways set a flash mob loose on Heathrow’s Terminal 5 this week, inspired by BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. Strictly professional dancer Joanne Clifton guided the airline’s staff through a series of kicks and spins to perfect their prancing for the stunt. “Teaching the dance right here in the middle of the airport has been brilliant. The BA team is absolutely fabulous – they were such a good standard and we had so much fun,” said Clifton. “We’re spreading the word about the new Strictly routine to get people all around the country dancing.” Among the dancers was Aly Carswell, British Airways’ head of Heathrow customer service. “This has been such a fantastic experience. All of the dancers – pilots, cabin crew and ground staff – joined in with great enthusiasm and, I hope, grace!,” she said.
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