British Airways made this announcement:
Over the last two weeks British Airways has proudly been flying Team GB home from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with the final flight carrying Olympians due to land at 13:10 (UK local) this afternoon, Monday 9 August.
The airline has welcomed tens of competitors across a wide range of sports back to the United Kingdom after an incredible Tokyo Games, with Team GB matching their overall medal haul of 65 from London 2012, when they competed on home turf. This morning British Airways has announced that to celebrate the team’s success, it will be giving all medal winners an executive card status to match the medal that they won in the Games.
On board the final flight back to the UK are eight gold, nine silver and three bronze medals, weighing a combined weight of 10.298 kilograms. The remaining athletes flying home with British Airways are from the boxing, track cycling, modern pentathlon and the athletic teams.
Among the incredible team members on the flight are Laura Kenny, Team GB’s most successful female athlete who carried the Union flag in Sunday’s Closing Ceremony and her husband, Jason Kenny, the most successful British Olympian after he won his seventh Olympic gold medal in the men’s keirin.
Once the aircraft has landed, the athletes will be led through by British Airways’ staff to the arrivals hall in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport to reunite with friends and family after spending so long apart.
British Airways is also the proud airline partner of ParalympicsGB and will be carrying the athletes to and from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games which starts on Tuesday 24 August.
British Airways has a long-standing history in supporting national sporting events and teams. The airline has been the proud airline partner to Team GB and Paralympics GB since 2008 and is currently the Principal Partner to Twickenham Stadium, Official Airline Partner to England Rugby. Today, the airline is also flying the British & Irish Lions home today after their final match in their recent tour of South Africa.