June 1st 2019 saw a momentous occasion for English football as a whole, with two teams from the premiership featuring in the final for the first time since 2008 when Manchester United and Chelsea met.
This year featured Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur with the tie being won by the merseyside team 2-0.
Within the 32 hours building up to the final, LJLA saw 8,000 fans jet off for the sporting event in Madrid, on top of the 32,000 regular passengers travelling to the city. Following the match, the same 38 returning flights landed back in Liverpool over 21 hours, with many arriving back in time to attend the team’s victory parade.
In anticipation of the additional footfall, LJLA put in extra precautions to make sure passengers made it through security within 10 minutes and over 90% of departing flights took off on time. A diverse range of aircrafts were accommodated over this period; including a Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A330 and the Liverpool team’s Boeing 767.
Paul Staples, operations director at LJLA, said: “This has been an amazing few days for the airport and all who work here and a fantastic advert for what this airport is capable of.
“To have been able to accommodate all these extra flights whilst delivering our renowned high levels of operational service for those passengers and airlines using the airport at the same time, is a tremendous achievement that everyone who works here is rightly proud of.”
The return of the Liverpool team with the Champions League Trophy on Sunday 2nd of June was the icing on the cake for the airport and the culmination of all of its efforts to facilitate the departure and subsequent return of thousands of supporters.
As a whole, LJLA has seen an annual rise in passenger traffic with a 2% rise on the levels that were recorded till this point last year.
480,000 travellers have passed through the Merseyside airport & the increase could not only be attributed to Football events, but also Blue Islands beginning its new twice weekly service to Guernsey from the airport, as well as new Ryanair routes to Copenhagen and Corfu.
Paul Winfield, director of aviation development at LJLA told the Globe: “We are delighted after reaching 5.1 million passengers during 2018, to continue our growth to date during 2019.
“With three new airlines operating from here and over 70 destinations now served, Liverpool John Lennon Airport provides a Faster Easier Friendlier option for passengers across the North West region during 2019.”