Ground handlers perform dance routine with aircraft marshalling wands

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Forget planes, London Luton Airport ground handlers were waving their arms in the air for a whole different reason - as they performed a ‘high-octane’ dance routine featuring their iconic aircraft marshalling wands.

The group of 21 unveiled their talents beside the runway to Joel Corry’s hit ‘Head & Heart’ to signal the start of the much-anticipated Radio 1’s Big Weekend, which is kicking off in Luton’s Stockwood Park this Friday.

Led by celebrity choreographer, Remi Black – who has previously worked with six-time BRITS award-winner and R1BW headliner RAYE - the routine took several hours to perfect and featured high-vis vests, headphones, and illuminated signalling wands.

Supported by LLA colleagues from across the airport and talented local dancers from Luton College and Next Gen Youth Theatre, the wands and multi-coloured LED sticks lit up the runway - turning the heads of passengers landing and waiting to take off nearby.

Neil Thompson, chief operations officer at London Luton Airport, said: "As Radio 1’s Big Weekend descends upon our town, our teams have been going the extra mile to ensure a simple, friendly and welcoming experience for every act and passenger passing through the airport.

“Inspired by the Radio 1 dance stage, our staff have been marshalling in aircraft with an extra bounce and shuffle as we gear up to welcome thousands of visitors to Luton.

“It’s all hands on deck to make this weekend an unforgettable experience for everyone and show just how proud we are to be a part of the celebrations.”

The energetic routine was designed to give a warm welcome to passengers and international stars landing in Luton.

Staff at the airport eagerly anticipate the arrival of those set to perform over the weekend - with the likes of Coldplay, Sabrina Carpenter and Becky Hill all about to hit the stage.

For talent wheeling through, the airport is introducing a unique service for acts to call ahead with their riders.

Van Halen’s iconic 'no brown' M&Ms will be offered as a complimentary snack in an effort to provide artists with a simple and friendly welcome to Luton.

As one of the UK’s most popular music festivals, attracting global artists, with thousands in attendance and millions watching on television, Radio 1’s Big Weekend is set to be one of Luton’s biggest weekend in recent times.

Aaron Salfairso, operational duty manager at the airport, said: “It's been great to bring a bit of flair to the role and bring a smile to passengers’ faces, while ensuring everything at the airport continues to run like ‘clockwork’ - which we’re sure Coldplay would appreciate.”