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.