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Family members have reunited for Christmas at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 – and the footage is just like the classic scene from Love Actually.
The film’s iconic opening scene was shot in the London airport, showing devoted couples and family members embracing at the start of the festive season after months apart.
This new footage, filmed on Monday 21 December, shows travel-weary people from all over the world greeting loved ones in London on the airport terminal’s busiest day of the year – with over 200,000 passengers passing through the doors.
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A new video shows families meeting up at Heathrow on December 21 ahead of the Christmas break
Travel-weary people from all over the world greeting loved ones at Terminal 3
Ingrid Jacobson and Verity, Aidan and Chenowyth Pinter, were all reunited in the terminal after flying back from the United States for a family reunion.
The family, who are from England but now live in the US, met at the arrivals lounge as part of their yearly tradition of meeting up at Christmas.
Aidan said: ‘It was such a lovely moment to see my family again, all safe and well, after a year away from each other.
‘Because we all live so far away it is rare that we get to see each other for any length of time, so we really cherish the festive period.’
December 21 is the airport terminal’s busiest day of the year, with over 200,000 passengers passing through the doors
He continued: ‘Everyone always thinks of Love Actually when they’re walking through the airport to see loved ones – it’s such a memorable moment.
‘I’m really looking forward to sitting down at the table now with my whole family so that we can have our Christmas lunch together, it’s a tradition that we will always keep up.
‘Despite it being a really long flight for me to get back from the Los Angeles, it was worth it to see the smiles on everybody’s faces.’
Siblings Alyson and Bryan Perez were also spotted embracing at the terminal, after Alyson flew from Los Angeles to meet brother Bryan in England for the fist time.
The footage is just like the classic opening scene from the Christmas film Love Actually
Because Alyson had never been to the UK to visit Bryan before, the trip was extra special and marked by Bryan sporting a sign to attract his sister’s attention and welcome her to the country.
Alyson said: ‘It was such an adventure coming all the way from Los Angeles to see my brother, it’s made my Christmas.
‘Although it’s such a long flight, I wasn’t bothered as I was looking forward to seeing Bryan at the end of it, something that I rarely get to do.
‘Usually if we want to talk to each other, we’d have to message or Skype each other, but because it’s Christmas it just felt like the perfect time to see each other in person.
‘I’m looking forward to doing all of the tourist activities in London and really want my brother to take me to the Tower of London.’