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As Paralympic Athletes Arrive in London, the Excitement Build Up

With one week to go until the Paralympic Games, athletes from all over the world arrived at the Heathrow Airport in London this morning.

According to British Airways, which facilitate the athletes travel into the British capital, this will be the busiest day for Paralympic arrivals. The airline is transporting athletes from over 25 countries into Heathrow, and is also facilitating the arrival of around 300 wheelchairs and sporting equipment like bike boxes, physiotherapist cases, bow and arrows, hand cycles, weapon bags etc.

“It is a privilege to fly thousands of athletes, their coaching teams and their sporting equipment into London for the Paralympic Games and follows on from the great service we delivered for the Olympic Games,” said British Airways operations director, Andy Lord.

“I have been very well looked after and everyone is smiling,” explained Jan Apel, 61, a New Zealand sailor suffering from a spinal cord injury, when she arrived today at the airport.

The City of London is also getting everything ready for the Paralympic Route Network or PRN, which won’t come into force until next Wednesday, when the games officially kick off.

Also, all over the capital, visitors can see as the Olympic Circles are being replaced by the Paralympic ‘Agitos’ symbol – the red, blue and green asymmetrical crescents encircling a single point – and meaning ‘I move’ in Latin.

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