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New link between Liverpool and Heathrow Airport

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Page last updated: 8th Feb 2017 - 12:03 PM

Officials working at the Liverpool John Lennon Airport have announced the great news that the Merseyside airport plan to create a route to London Heathrow once the 3rd runway has been built. Predictions made by The Department for Transport claim that they expect Liverpool to be one of six domestic airports to be linked with Heathrow by 2030. New connections to Heathrow Airport include Belfast International, Liverpool, Newquay, Prestwick, Humberside and Durham Tees Valley, bringing the total to 14.

Today Andrew Cornish, chief executive of JLA, said, “We have been a long-time supporter of Heathrow’s plans for a third runway and will respond to the Government’s consultation supporting the need to secure these new domestic links, knowing that regional airports such as Liverpool can benefit by the future opening up of access to the UK’s hub airport for improved worldwide connectivity”.
As part of the expansion agreement Heathrow must abide to a few rules, including providing a high level of support to communities affected by expansion, put a ban on night fights for 6½ s, as well as paying home owners 25% above market retail for the compulsory purchase for their property.

Mr Cornish: “The government has clearly set out that it will hold Heathrow Airport to account on securing a number of new domestic routes to regions currently underserved including Liverpool, as part of the expansion of Heathrow and the new capacity created by a third runway.

Liverpool Airport saw just under 5 million passengers pass through its doors in 2016 which is an 11% growth on the figures from the previous year. The airport, a busy hub for both domestic and international flights, has its most popular routes stretching to Belfast, Dublin, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

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Ryanair Launch new flights from Liverpool Airport!

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Page last updated: 4th Nov 2016 - 12:03 PM

The first flight from Liverpool to Marrakech took of on November 1st, marking the debut of the airports latest route. Passengers can use the new route between Liverpool John Lennon to the North African destination with flights running twice a week. The designated flights will operate on Monday’s and Friday’s throughout both the winter and summer seasons, as one of 60+ routes now running at Liverpool Airport.

The flight, which takes approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes, is the only thing standing in the way of customers and their iconic “culture saturated” destination of Morocco, which is best known for its marketplaces, architecture and interesting history.According to Liverpool Airport’s website: “Saturated with culture and decades of history, this Moroccan ‘Red City’ will leave you pining for more.

“From magical mansions in the Medina to the gorgeous green space at La Mamounia, Marrakech is full of surprises waiting to be discovered.

“Whether you’re a lover of ancient history, or just fancy taking some time out in a traditional riad and spa, there’s endless activities to keep the whole party busy on your trip to Marrakech.”

The best advice is to visit during Spring or Autumn to avoid scorching temperatures which can reach up to 42°C during the summer. Unless you’re a fan of such heat, of course!

Mark Povall, LJLA’s Director of Air Service Development commented, “Today’s departure to Marrakech is the first flight from Liverpool to North Africa for some time and another new route by Ryanair from here.

Just last month Ryanair announced further significant expansion of their business from Liverpool for Summer 2017 and we look forward to repeating celebrations like this for other new Ryanair destinations too.”

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Liverpool to Cornwall in less time than a standard film?!

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Page last updated: 28th Jun 2016 - 01:04 PM

Good news for anyone oop north who may be planning a staycation in the near future- it was announced last month that direct flights to Newquay will now be available from Liverpool Airport.

This good news means that those wanting to experience one of the UK's most beautiful seaside counties now needn’t worry about the 6+ hour drive, or a bum-numbing 8hr train ride; instead, they can enjoy a speedy 1 ¼ Flybe flight! The journey time easily equates to more time for the holiday, effectively saving upto 14 hours of travel time on a return trip.

Vincent Hodder said, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer was quoted to say “Our new route to Newquay from Liverpool opens up a whole new part of the country to travellers who may previously have been put off by the long journey times.”

“This convenient new route confirms our customer promise to be the ‘Fastest way from A to Flybe’, faster than road or rail. We look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board this summer.”

With flight prices starting at under £30 each way, it may just be the quickest and cheapest way to visit the iconic Lands End landmark!

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Liverpool airport announces busiest year since 2012

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Page last updated: 18th Jan 2016 - 10:46 AM

Figures that were released a week ago (06/01/16) show that Liverpool airport have had their busiest year since 2012. The figures show that the airport welcomed approximately 4.3million passengers through their doors in 2015, meaning an 8% increase on the previous year.

It would seem that it was the festive period which gave Liverpool a big boost, with passenger numbers in December increasing 15% on the previous year. Not only did they see a massive increase, but it was also the 11th consecutive month of growth for the airport, in which they saw 310,000 passengers travel in and out. It would seem that Liverpool is becoming a much more popular choice.

Not only is the airport popular with passengers, but also with airlines. 2015 saw the number of airlines wanting to fly to and from Liverpool nearly triple to 10. This is set to increase with more routes hopefully starting at the end of March this year, including Vueling who will be flying three-times weekly to Barcelona and Thomson airways who will be flying weekly to Palma in May.

Andrew Cornish, who is the CEO of Liverpool airport told liverpoolconfidential.co.uk “Looking back, 2015 has been an excellent year for the airport. We have made significant progress, delivering on our objectives...“. With the CEO clearly feeling positive, it looks like 2016 is set to be another great year for the airport.

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Czech Airlines are introducing a new twice weekly flight to Prague from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which will operate on Fridays and Mondays.

The new service is expected to start on May 18 and will fly all year round. It is believed the new service will be a hit with weekend break travellers and business customers.

Prague, a beautiful city with stunning architecture and fantastic locally brewed beers, is the capital city of the Czech Republic, and is a popular destination for hen and stag parties.

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JLA hopes for busiest year since 2008

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Page last updated: 5th May 2011 - 12:28 PM

When compared to the same three months last year, Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) experienced a 5.6% slump in passenger numbers during the first quarter of 2011. However, the fall, attributed to lower flight capacity over the winter months, has not dampened the spirits of airport chiefs in the northwest; in fact, Robin Tudor, a spokesman for JLA, expects 2011 to be the most profitable year since 2008.

Mr. Tudor told the Liverpool Daily Post that the airport is anticipating an overall passenger boost of 3% for 2011, “which, in the current difficult economic climate, would be good news”. The projected increase, which will create an annual total of 5.25m people, will fall just short of the record set in 2007, when 5.47m passed through the airport’s doors. The following year, 2008, saw Liverpool’s fortunes turn sour, as the recession bit into travellers’ wallets.

JLA’s summer schedule for 2011 includes new easyJet routes to Brussels in Belgium, Tallinn in Estonia, and to Gibraltar on the Iberian Peninsula. The airline’s rival, Ryanair, has also added flights from JLA to Toulon in France, and to the islands of Kos and Rhodes in the Aegean Sea. EasyJet now operates 32 flights from JLA, compared to Ryanair’s 49. Mr. Tudor noted that several “existing routes” from Merseyside would enjoy increased capacity throughout the warmer months.

With eight months of 2011 remaining on the calendar, JLA’s future is yet to be written. However, Mr. Tudor’s optimism can do little to change the fact that JLA may not be able to return to pre-recession passenger levels until the end of 2012, at the earliest.

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New Ryanair routes from April

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Page last updated: 22nd Feb 2011 - 05:06 PM

From April 2011, Ryanair will begin flying from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) to the islands of Kos and Rhodes in the Aegean Sea. The new routes are part of a ‘Greek invasion’ by the Irish carrier, which will see flights to southwestern Europe added at 13 airports served by Ryanair.

Kos, which is situated a few miles from the coast of Bodrum, Turkey, will be served twice a week from April 13. The island has two personalities, according to Thomson. Kos is an idyllic ‘sun and sun’ destination, much like neighbouring Rhodes, but the bright lights on the coast belie a rural heartland: “think deserted hamlets and whitewashed villages dotted across wooded hills”, explains the airline’s destination guide.

Flights from JLA to Rhodes will begin on April 14. The island, alongside Patmos, Arkoi, and Kos, is a member of the Dodecanese, an umbrella term for the 12 largest islands in the southeastern Aegean. Rhodes is the former home of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus, which straddled the entrance to Mandraki Harbour until the giant was felled by an earthquake in 226BC.

Tickets for the two routes begin at £37.99 for a one-way journey with all taxes included. Planes bound for Kos will depart every Wednesday and Sunday, while Rhodes will be served on Mondays and Thursdays. The additions will help cement Ryanair’s position as the largest carrier by passenger numbers at JLA, and strike a blow to rival airline, easyJet, which is currently the only airline to offer routes to Rhodes from Liverpool.

Ryanair will travel to 40 destinations from JLA this summer. However, the frequency of Ryanair flights from Liverpool to Girona Airport in Spain will be reduced from the end of February 2011. The airline has cut or cancelled flights from Girona to 35 destinations, after the local government in Spain reneged on plans to allow Ryanair to expand at the Costa Brava hub.

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Forty passengers 'miss flights' at JLA

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Page last updated: 19th Jan 2011 - 02:18 PM

Officials at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) are trying to discover how tens of travellers missed their flights over the New Year period. Budget airline easyJet, says that around 40 people had to wait two hours to get through security after “huge queues” developed at checkpoints.

Whilst JLA bosses have absolved themselves of responsibility, the airport’s spokesman, Robin Tudor, said that an investigation would be launched into the chaos. Tudor noted that traveller tailbacks had begun at check-in desks and snowballed as large numbers of people were funnelled through security at the same time.

However, the immediate cause of the queues is unknown, as all machines and computers were functioning as normal, and the airport had the usual number of staff members reporting for duty. Strangely, resident airlines such as easyJet and KLM experienced no problems save for the absence of a few passengers.

“We had to hold some flights but we could not hold them forever, so we missed some passengers,” an easyJet spokeswoman told the Liverpool Daily Post. “There were a lot of very annoyed people.”

The airline said that travellers who had found themselves marooned between check-in and security were put onto the next available plane out of JLA.

Despite the mystery surrounding the incident, officials seem to want to place the blame with handling agents, who are contracted to perform services at the airport but are not employed by JLA. Whatever the cause, security officials at the northwest hub were lumbered with twice the expected number of passengers, enough to fluster even the burliest of border guards.

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JLA could 'finish year in top 10'

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Page last updated: 16th Dec 2010 - 02:23 PM

Despite having the third largest urban area in the country, the city of Liverpool has an airport that is routinely placed only eleventh or twelfth in lists of the UK’s most popular hubs, pipped to the post by airports in smaller cities, such as Bristol and Luton.

However, bosses at Liverpool John Lennon (JLA) are hoping that the hub’s performance in 2010 is enough to shunt the airport up the league tables.

RDC Aviation, a supplier of “business intelligence” to the aviation industry, indicates that JLA achieved the second highest rise in passenger traffic in the UK during the three quarters to October.

First place, Belfast City, attracted an extra 221,000 people in the first nine months of 2010, compared to 208,000 at Liverpool. The rise is particularly significant, given that only 12 of 50 British airports have achieved growth this year.

Year-end figures are unlikely to be made public until the beginning of 2011, but an educated guess would place JLA’s total traffic for 2010 in the region of 5.1 - 5.3m.

Passenger numbers reached “record levels” in October, according to the Liverpool Daily Post, but the northwest hub is unlikely to match the success of 2007, when JLA recorded annual traffic figures in excess of 5.47m.

Craig Richmond, CEO at Peel Airports, indicated that new routes from easyJet and Ryanair were responsible for the increase in travellers, but warned against complacency in the face of the coming winter. “In terms of passenger numbers, yes, this was a good summer, but the winter period will undoubtedly be difficult for all in the aviation industry.”

Liverpool’s links to Belfast are some of the most popular domestic routes in the UK, with flights to Malaga and Alicante in Spain, and Dublin in Ireland, also performing well. Peel Airports say that JLA has “great potential” to become an important regional airport.

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Ryanair is top dog at JLA

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Page last updated: 8th Dec 2010 - 12:14 PM

Michael O’Leary’s airline, Ryanair, is once again the largest carrier at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA), after reclaiming the title from Luton-based airline, easyJet. The blue and yellow carrier has reported consistent growth at JLA throughout the year, even despite the harmful effects of the Volcanic Ash Crisis.

EasyJet and Ryanair are almost as synonymous with UK aviation as aeroplanes, runways, and noise-blight compensation schemes. The two airlines gained fame (and indeed, infamy) in very different ways. EasyJet featured on the docu-soap, Airline, whilst Ryanair has a shameless leader in Michael O’Leary, well known for his foul-mouthed tirades.

As the pair competes against each other at many UK airports, the two airlines quickly became bitter rivals, and their frequent, melodramatic squabbles make for interesting (and sometimes hilarious) reading.

News that Ryanair has trumped easyJet at JLA will no doubt make O’Leary’s Christmas lights shine a little brighter this December. However, the fortunes of both airlines were very different at the beginning of 2010, with easyJet achieving growth of 14.1% at JLA in quarter one, compared to 9.1% at Ryanair.

The Volcanic Ash Crisis proved to be a blessing in disguise for Ryanair in quarter two, as its orange opponent lost a depressing 12.9% of its passengers. Ryanair, on the other hand, remained stoic, reporting growth of 4%. O’Leary’s airline went on to transport a record-breaking 267,413 travellers in August, the highest ever recorded at JLA.

August’s figures topped off a productive third quarter for Ryanair, and a miserable one for easyJet. The former helped an extra 20.4% of passengers reach their destinations between July and September, whilst the latter stumbled to a 4.5% decline in traffic at JLA during the same period. In total, Ryanair has sold 2,084,625 tickets for its flights out of Liverpool in 2010, compared to sales of 1,954,839 at easyJet.

Robin Tudor, spokesman for JLA, said that Ryanair has “performed well,” but there are “challenging months ahead” for everybody involved with Liverpool Airport. “We continue to remain optimistic,” Robin said.

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