Heathrow Talks Olympic Sport

London Heathrow Airport has appointed one of Britain’s most distinguished sports commentators, Barry Davies MBE, as its official ‘Voice of London 2012′ – providing passengers with audio commentary on the sporting action taking place in London and across the UK through the airport’s tannoy system.
Mr Davies, who has clocked up more than five decades in the commentary box, will be on Heathrow’s airwaves throughout the Olympics and on Saturday 28 July will take to the tannoy to provide the 230,000 passengers expected to fly on that day with a unique commentary on the day’s Olympic events.
Mr Davies’ legendary lines and much-loved style of commentary will be played out across the terminals to give arriving passengers a unique welcome to London and ensure sporting enthusiasts are informed of major wins and world records.
As part of his role, Mr Davies has already given a commentary master-class to the airport’s operations team, to help them deliver announcements that bring the buzz and excitement of the Olympic Games to the eight million passengers expected to arrive at the airport over the next three months.
He will be covering the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympic Broadcast Service and commentating on the men’s and women’s hockey for the BBC.  His involvement with London 2012 will see him become the first UK sports broadcaster to have commentated on 12 Summer Olympics.
As the Official Host Airport, Heathrow will welcome around 80% of the athletes, sponsors and VIP expected to attend the Games, as well as hundreds of thousands of spectators.  Monday 16 July saw Heathrow set a new record for passenger numbers as it welcomed athletes from more than 50 countries to the London 2012 Games.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s Commercial Director commented: “Heathrow is entering its busiest ever period as spectators and athletes arrive from across the globe.  We have spent seven years preparing for the Games’ challenge.  Now we are putting that planning into action with thousands of extra staff and volunteers on hand to help and events and activities across the terminals to get passengers in the Olympic spirit.  We are delighted to have Barry on air during this period.  His commentary will create a unique experience for our passengers and ensure they won’t miss a single moment of the action.”
The London 2012 Games will be Britain’s biggest peacetime transport challenge.  Heathrow has spent seven years preparing for the Games and has consulted with previous host airports such as Sydney, Athens, Beijing and Vancouver.  BAA says it has independently invested around £20million (US$31m) as part of its preparations.