Heathrow Express celebrates 25 years through passport stamps

St Luke's created the campaign

By Creative Salon

Bespoke passport stamps that highlight how Heathrow Express has started customers on their journey to some of life’s biggest milestones feature in a new campaign to mark the high-speed rail link’s 25th anniversary.

Created by St Luke’s, the unique stamps feature stories of big birthday bashes, defining career moments and a beautiful Italian wedding. To give the stamps an authentic look, the agency handcrafted them individually before stamping them on paper to get the texture and look of the ink. 

In one execution, we see a love story unfold in just three passport stamps from first meeting to engagement and marriage: ‘Maya’s Do. 08 Sept 1998. Amsterdam’, ‘Jo’s Hen Do. 15.09.2015. Marbella’, and ‘I Do. 20.05.2023. Venice’.

The campaign will initially run across D6 and escalator panels from late May into June, with a second burst to follow in August and September. 

Dan Edwards, Heathrow Express Business Lead, said: “Many of life’s most exciting adventures begin at the airport, and over the past 25 years, the Heathrow Express has played an essential role in getting passengers to the airport in speed and comfort. These engaging passport stamp stories bring that to life in a charming and relatable way.”

Richard Denney, Joint Chief Creative Officer at St Luke’s, said: “When you open up your passport and take a look at the stamps inside, not only do they remind you of where you have been but also of the important moments that happened whilst away. And for millions of passengers over the last 25 years, Heathrow Express has been the start of those unforgettable trips.”

Heathrow Express launched as a premium non-stop train service between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport in 1998. Over the past 25 years, more than 100 million passengers have taken the 15-minute journey on the Heathrow Express, whcarrying 30,000 pieces of luggage dailyIn 2022, the number of passengers increased 282% year on year as demand returned to pre-pandemic levels.


Brand: Heathrow Express

Client Credit: Meenal Varsani – Head of Marketing & Customer Engagement, Heathrow Airport

Nicola Smith – Senior Brand & Marketing Manager, Heathrow Airport

Sandra Clement - Marketing Campaign Manager, Heathrow Airport

Mark Eastwood, Commercial Strategy Lead, Heathrow Express

Campaign Title: Heathrow Express 25 Year Anniversary

Joint Chief Creative Officer Richard Denney

Art Director & Copywriter Danny Jones & Jordan Morris

Agency Producer Georgie Moran

Agency Planner Emma Banks

Business Director Leanne Silman

Senior Account Director Lucy Yeates

Account Director Charlotte Crawley

Senior Account Manager Hope Shooter

Head of Art & Design Pete Mould

Design Pete Mould

Motion Vanisha Mistry

Artworker Anna Leapman

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