‘Airport Live’ will get behind the scenes at Heathrow

NATS air traffic control operations at Heathrow are set to star in a live television broadcast over four nights next month.

BBC Two’s ‘Airport Live’ will see presenter Dan Snow broadcast from the Heathrow Airport control tower between 20.00 and 21.00 each evening from 17 to 20 June.

Presenters Dallas Campbell and Anita Rani will also be airside, granted unparalleled access to get to grips with the extraordinary science, engineering and logistics that make air travel at one of the world’s busiest airports possible.

Dan Snow said: “Air travel has become an everyday luxury that we take for granted, but behind the scenes it’s a fascinating web of processes all precisely managed to maintain equilibrium.

“Over four nights we’ll get the chance to see how it all works. We’ll take a look at the complex choreography of air traffic control, learn to fly the world’s largest passenger jet, the A380, and discover how weather plays a crucial role in keeping the whole operation running smoothly. Airport Live will be a thrilling journey through the skies and a definitive account of modern air travel.”

The BBC said that Airport Live would mark the most complete exploration of Heathrow’s grounds and skies and would feature a mix of live and pre-recorded footage that would explain how an airport worked.

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