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Profile: Hugh, Airfield Transport Officer

Hugh with the Gulley Sucker
Hugh: Not yet ready to hand over the keys to the Gulley Sucker

Airfield Transport Officer Hugh keeps smiling through as he’s called on to do some of the least appealing jobs at Heathrow.

In Episode 6 of Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport we saw Hugh carry on laughing as he emptied the Royal Suite’s septic tank using the Gulley Sucker (“a giant vacuum cleaner on wheels”).

Here’s what we asked Hugh — tell us in the comments what you’d like to know.

Q&A: Hugh, Airfield Transport Officer

Where are you from?

Teddington, man and boy.

How long have you worked at Heathrow?

Since 14th July 1975.

How did you get into your job, and why?

My old Mum said to me, “no work, no eats”. So I phoned British Caledonian Freight Sheds at LHR Cargo Terminals, and the rest is history.

What’s a day in the life of Hugh like?

Ever-changing and busy.

Favourite thing about your job?

Being part of a successful team.

What has been a particularly memorable moment for you while working at Heathrow?

I have had many memorable moments over the years. Maybe my first handover of the catering on Concorde, aka The Rocket?

How many hours were you filmed for?

Not too sure of that. Approximately 24—30 hours.

Anything else you would like us to know?

I am not ready to hand over the Gulley Sucker keys just yet …

Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport

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