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CLARA MOSCHINI

Liverpool Airport: further passenger growth in 2017

Some 4.95m used the "John Lennon"

2017 was another successful year for "Liverpool John Lennon Airport" ("LJLA") and the cause for a double celebration with the latest figures showing an increase in passenger throughput and Liverpool achieving one of the industry’s best scheduled flight punctuality records.

Last year some 4.95 million passengers used the Airport, with over 125,000 more passengers choosing to use Liverpool -an increase of almost 3%, compared to 2016 and the Airport’s highest annual figures since 2011.

In addition the "Punctuality League" -a report published by OAG, the world air travel company-, shows that Liverpool has the 7th best record in the world for scheduled flight on time performance when compared to airports of a similar size. When compared to airports of all sizes across the world, "LJLA" was placed 13th overall.

This is great news for the growing numbers of passengers who choose to fly from it, reassured to know that whilst the Airport becomes busier it has been able to ensure that as many flights as possible continue to operate on time.

Highlights in 2017 included the start of Blue Air’s base at Liverpool and the introduction of new year round services to Rome, Milan and Alicante. Other new services to a range of European cities included Venice with easyJet, and Prague, Bari and Girona with Ryanair, whilst TUI commenced Summer holiday flights to Ibiza from Liverpool too.

Last year the Airport also completed the latest phase of development work aimed at further improving the customer experience for departing passengers with the introduction of a number of new retail brands, new shops, bars and restaurants and over £4.5m invested in the refurbishment and upgrade of approximately 2,000 sq m of the upper floor of the Airport’s Departure Lounge.

Other improvements have also included new and improved stores for existing retailers, completely new washroom facilities, large flight information screens, new seating and new lighting to create a lighter and brighter passenger environment.

The latest phase of improvement works are nearing completion with the expansion and redesign of the existing World Duty Free shop with a broader range of products and brands available.

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World Aeronautical Press Agency
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