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Liverpool John Lennon Airport Business Update - December 2016

Over half a million more passengers set to use Liverpool Airport during 2016

Following 8% growth during 2015, where 4.3 million passengers used Liverpool Airport compared with 4 million during 2014, 2016 will see 4.8 million passengers travel through Liverpool Airport.  This growth is based on increased capacity from incumbent carriers as well as a number of additional routes commencing this year.

More growth expected during 2017

LJLA has seen an influx of new routes for summer 17. On the 3rd October, Blue Air announced the launch of its 8th based aircraft at LJLA, commencing in Summer 17. A Boeing 737-800 and will operate 3x weekly to Alicante, 4x weekly to Hamburg, 4x weekly to Milan Bergamo and Daily to Rome Fiumicino. An additional 160,000 seats are currently on sale for next summer. The aircraft will create 35 new jobs to the airport. Blue Air thrives upon convenient, easy and affordable travel, and this based aircraft will allow both business and leisure passenger’s travel to currently unserved destinations in the proposed way.

As well as the Blue air expansion, Ryanair has grew summer 17 capacity by 6.59% against summer 16 from LJLA, announcing routes to Prague (4x weekly), Girona (2x weekly) and Bari (2x weekly). W16 also saw growth with new routes to Sofia (2x weekly) and Marrakesh (2x weekly) and current performance statistics show that both routes are performing to a high level.

Wizz Air are gaining a larger presence at LJLA, currently operating 5 routes (Budapest, Gdansk, Katowice, Riga and Warsaw) and have announced Lublin, Poland (2x weekly) and Craiova, Romania (3x weekly). With an emerging Eastern European inbound and outbound market, Wizz Air are making the most of the growing market, injecting more capacity and unserved routes.

TUI are set to operate a 1x weekly flight to Ibiza as well as operating their existing 2x weekly flight to Palma de Mallorca in summer 17. Its strong summer 16 performance was the catalyst to the introduction of the 2x weekly Palma de Mallorca flights.

Superport opens in Liverpool

Superport is an integrated cluster of logistics assets that will deliver global market access for business to and from Liverpool. The Liverpool2 terminal will be able to support 95% of the world’s largest container ships. The Superport has the potential to create 30,000 jobs by 2030, add an additional £18.3bn GVA by 2030, all supported by the £1.8bn infrastructure developments.

The new Superport would support LJLA as Liverpool is set to attract more business traffic both inbound and outbound through the Superport investment, directly stimulating and growing business traffic to and from LJLA in the future. With a growing urge for movement of freight and people at the lowest possible cost, the development of both LJLA and the Superport will accommodate this, and the Superport is set to recover the economic imbalance within the cargo industry, with majority of freight movement occurring in the South of England. The Superport is set to be a worldwide hub to Liverpool, expanding and stimulating both the Liverpool economy and LJLA.   

Next Stage of Terminal Investment Underway

To further emphasise and to portray the Faster, Easier, Friendlier message at LJLA, the past 18 months has seen progressive investment in the terminal, to develop the customer experience at the airport.

The most recent investment; the refurbishment of the upper floor of the departure lounge, has been valued at approximately £4 million. The investment is utilising local construction and shop fit companies to stimulate the local economy and support local independent Liverpool based companies.

Work is set to be complete by June 2017, ahead of the peak summer season, to accommodate for the projected increase in passenger traffic. The first major terminal investment, worth £2.5 million, got the thumbs up from passengers through surveys show that LJLA is now one of the best UK airports for overall customer satisfaction, emphasising the success of improvements made in the last 18 months.

22 Months of successive growth at Liverpool Airport

The last 22 months at LJLA has seen consecutive passenger growth year on year. Beginning in February 2015, there has been an average growth of 10.28% year on year growth per month. This has been fuelled by the introduction of new airlines such as Blue Air and new routes to existing airlines such as the growth of Flybe, easyJet,  Wizz Air and Ryanair.

In conjunction with the capacity increases, load factors have stayed consistently strong throughout the past 2 years, a stimulus to growth.  Other contributors have been the extensive terminal investment, the attraction and development of Liverpool City Region and the strengthening reputation of LJLA on a European level.

The Air Service Development Team in Liverpool Airport wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

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