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Accessorize lands at Liverpool Airport

High street giants Accessorize have opened a new shop within the retail area at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Selling a huge amount of holiday accessories from swimwear to jewellery, fliers will now have to chance to stock up on the English fashion chain’s great selection before jetting off on holiday from the Merseyside airport. Continue reading…

Ryanair Launch new flights from Liverpool Airport!

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. Continue reading…

Liverpool airport announces busiest year since 2012

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.

Czech this out! Prague is the newest destination from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

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.

JLA hopes for busiest year since 2008

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.

New Ryanair routes from April

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.