Heathrow press releases

06 December, 2016

Street Artist Ben Eine creates welcome banners for Christmas reunions

Welcome home banners with Ben Eine 2

Heathrow and street artist Ben Eine partner to create a welcome home to remember with personalised banners for passengers


This Christmas, Heathrow is giving every passenger the chance to have their own heartfelt reunion in arrivals just as teddy bears Doris and Edward did in their Christmas film. To celebrate those tender moments, the airport has partnered with prolific London-based street artist, Ben Eine, to create a range of personalised banners, for family and friends to make greeting their loved ones extra special this year.


The limited edition banners will be available to pick up at Heathrow for a week from Tuesday 6th December, when Ben Eine will be customising the prints for people waiting to welcome home loved ones for Christmas. Family and friends can pick up a banner in all terminals until Saturday 10th December or online over the Christmas period.  


All donations for the personalised banners will go to Heathrow’s charity partner, Oxfam.


Commenting on the upcoming launch Ben Eine said; “I’m always traveling and spend a lot of time in airports so I know what it feels like to get a personal welcome home. I wish I got more of them! I love being able to communicate through my artwork and I am looking forward to helping to put a smile on the faces of people arriving into London Heathrow this Christmas.”


Fiona Carleton, Head of Passenger Experience at Heathrow, said “We are looking forward to welcoming over 2.5 million people over the Christmas period and making their journey extra memorable. We hope the banners not only give our passengers a welcome home to remember but that the friends and family greeting them have a little extra something to make the experience special, too.”


Over 1,000 people visit Heathrow each month just to give their loved ones an extra special welcome.


There will be one of three banners to choose from; Welcome Home, Love You and Missed You, all of which Ben will add the name of the person being greeted, using his iconic and colourful fonts.


Family and friends can pick up a banner by Ben Eine in all terminals from Tuesday 6th December until Saturday 10th December banners will also be available to download throughout the Christmas season at http://your.heathrow.com/WelcomeHome.  


To be in with the chance to claim a beautifully finished personalised Ben Eine for Heathrow print, fans can also go online and sign up for one of the limited edition collection.




About Heathrow

Heathrow is the UK’s hub airport, home to more than 80 airlines connecting to more than 180 destinations. Every year Heathrow welcomes over 70 million passengers with a commitment to ‘making every journey better’. Following an investment of more than £11 billion over the past 10 years, passengers have voted Heathrow the ‘Best Airport in Western Europe’ two years in a row, ‘Best Airport Terminal’ for the Terminal 5 five years in a row and ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ seven years in a row.


About Ben Eine

Ben Eine is a prolific street artist based in London, England. Eine is most notable for his alphabet lettering on shop shutters in London's East End. In July 2010, President Barack Obama was presented with a painting by Eine, Twenty First Century City, as an official gift from the British Prime Minister. David Cameron.


Nadia Vere
Senior Press Officer