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Heathrow celebrates London Pride by unveiling rainbow flag made with passengers' kisses

The flag was created with over 6,000 international passengers' kisses and now flies above Terminal 2.

2018-07-05

Heathrow has celebrated London Pride by unveiling a unique rainbow flag made entirely by people's kisses. 

The flag, commissioned by the airport, features over 6,000 of international passengers' kisses. Each passenger was encouraged to place their own individual kiss onto the crowd-sourced artwork to show support for LGBT rights. 

Work on Heathrow's flag began on Sunday (July 1) when it was positioned in departures, allowing passengers to get involved and leave their work in red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple lipstick.

The final few kisses on the flag were donated by staff across the airport's terminals before it was sealed and placed on Terminal 2's flagpole, where it now flies until the end of the month. 

The news comes as Heathrow, whose logo also received a rainbow Pride makeover, is set to welcome 5% more passengers than last year for London Pride this Saturday (July 7). 

Carol Hui, the Chief of Staff at Heathrow Airport, said: "We've been getting into the spirit of Pride right across the airport to show our support for London and the rest of the UK, where diversity and equality are so strongly celebrated and equally valued across our employees and passengers alike.

She added: "Many of the LGBT+ community travel into London, to celebrate this incredible festival so we wanted to give them a warm welcome by, quite literally, flying the flag for Pride."