To help celebrate Luton Airport’s 80th anniversary, airport ground staff wrapped an Airbus A320, OE-IVQ, and hangar, provided by easyJet in over 1.5 miles of LED micro bulbs to create a unique Christmas light switch-on.
London Luton Airport and easyJet collaborated to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of airport staff who have been involved in the expansive, three-year redevelopment of the airport, which will increase the annual capacity of the airport to 18 million passengers by 2020. A team of 10 special effects artists and lighting designers spent four weeks working to design and create the light show ahead of the big reveal.
Neil Thompson, operations director, London Luton Airport said: “As we reach the end of our redevelopment – the largest in the airports 80-year history – we wanted to extend a huge thank you to staff and customers and give them a special Christmas gift.”
Airport ground staff painstakingly covered easyJet’s 5,000m² aircraft hangar in Christmas lights and decorations. The team were given just 24 hours to create the festive transformation ahead of a grand reveal to an audience who watched the stunning moment a 120ft aircraft was illuminated in light. The lightshow left the audience in awe, as they observed the Christmas light switch-on, as festive projections and lights synced to the sound of a contemporary remix of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Tina Milton, easyJet’s director of cabin services, added: “We laid down the challenge to ground crew to create the most spectacular light show featuring a plane. We were delighted to work with London Luton Airport to help get the festive feeling started amongst our staff and the local community in Luton.”
Photo: London Luton Airport, easyJet