FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL AIRPORT USERS
Liverpool Airport Limited (“LAL”), who operate Liverpool John Lennon Airport (“Airport”), are proposing to change relevant Airport charges. The proposed changes are detailed in the PDF documents accessible by clicking the links below.
- Click here to access the proposed Schedule of Charges and Terms and Conditions of Use - Aeronautical
The proposed Airport charges have been carefully considered following feedback from Airport users on anticipated movements as well as taking into account operational factors at the Airport which can be summarised below.
The proposed Airport charges contribute towards the cost of (without limit) operating the Airport on a 24/7 basis, ensuring Airport users have unrestricted use of its runway and airfield facilities, maintaining existing equipment, the provision of air traffic control, and ensuring a safe and compliant environment at all times.
The proposed changes will see increases in parking by 2.2% and landing charges increasing from between £0.65 and £5.00 per movement depending on weight category. Other relevant Airport charges will increase by 2.2%.
LAL are not proposing to impose a minimum runway charge or amend the pricing by time of day. As a result, Airport users can continue to use the 13th largest airport in the UK in an unrestricted manner.
The proposal to increase the Airport charges can be linked to a number of high cost infrastructure projects that have and are taking place. Such projects maintain regulatory and operational efficiencies as well as important customer services development, which allow the Airport to compete in a very competitive trading environment. These projects have included:
- RESA compliance;
- airfield pavement repairs;
- new snow brush and operation vehicles;
- airfield ILS replacement;
- new covered walkway for passengers;
- replacement of check in
This coming new financial year some major projects critical to maintaining a 24/7 operation at the Airport in a safe and compliant environment will be completed. Some of these projects that will benefit Airport users include:
- installation of LED Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL), an investment of £100,000;
- installation of perimeter fencing to comply with CAA regulations relating to the critical part fence line. An Investment of approx. £1,000,0000;
- a £500,000 investment in fixed electrical ground power to replace outdated and carbon heavy diesel ground power units, which provide a safer and more environmentally friendly operating environment.
LAL reviews Airport charges annually with regard to a number of factors including, without limit, the following:
- general increases in the cost of business caused by inflation;
- the cost of maintaining the Airport infrastructure;
- the cost of capital investment required to meet potential increasing capacity
The high level of investment needed to maintain the infrastructure in a safe and compliant manner, and keeping the Airport open on a 24/7 basis, has driven the proposal for the modest increase in relevant Airport charges from 12 July 2020.
The Airport operation is extremely consumptive in terms of operating and capital expenditure. Approximately 80% of the cost base is driven by the need to maintain the infrastructure and comply with the regulatory requirements of commercial airports. Underlying capital expenditure of c£4m per annum is required (on average) simply to maintain the current infrastructure.
Investments of £4.5m are planned for the next financial year which covers general maintenance and compliance with regulatory requirements. The cost of keeping the Airport open currently lies at
£30million per annum, notwithstanding any additional spend such has been outlined previously.
Any increase in the relevant Airport charges will not cover any single project listed but will make a contribution to the revenue required by LAL to meet its objectives.
LAL has grown its scheduled traffic and cargo traffic by over 20% in the last 6 years. The Airport is expecting moderate growth of 1% in the period between April 1st 2020 and March 31st 2021.
Liverpool Airport Limited
12 March 2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR AIRPORT USERS – ACTION REQUIRED
Further to our notice requesting information and comments from you as part of our consultation on our Airport charges, we hereby provide you with notice that we intend to increase our applicable Airport fees and charges with effect from 12 July 2020.
The proposal to increase the charges can be linked to a number of high cost infrastructure projects that have and are taking place.
The majority of all Airport charges have remained flat or risen by CPI, 2.2%,
There are higher than CPI increases to landing charges however. The 3-10 tonne category and above 10 tonne category have been increased by 5%, to account for the existing infrastructure costs and additionally the cost of new infrastructure projects.
The highest increase is to the 0-1.5 tonne category, where a continued rise in movements in this sector affording the Airport increased costs of operation has driven an increased charge per movement.
The services that we currently provide are detailed below:
- Central search;
- Staff channel / OOG;
- Goods in/out;
- Emergency response (Fire CAT);
- Runway inspections;
- Wildlife control;
- Hold baggage screening;
- Check in desks;
- Gate desks;
- FIDS / Chroma;
- ATC Tower Control;
- ATC Radar Control;
- Concrete maintenance;
- Airfield ground lighting maintenance;
- Air Traffic Engineering maintenance (including navigation equipment);
- Baggage belts (outbound & inbound);
- Janitorial services;
- Passenger first aid and safety (RFFS and Terminal staff);
- Porterage service;
- Airport ID (chargeable per pass/ temp pass as per pass policy);
- Maintenance plan for all assets;
- Maintain availability of utility services i.e gas, electrical high and low voltage, water and drainage;
- Life safety systems;
- On site seasonal operations vehicles i.e snow fleet, grass cutting;
- Emergency medical
You are invited to attend a consultation meeting with our Director of Aviation Development in respect of the intended increase and associated quality of service at the Cavern Suite, Liverpool John Lennon Airport Terminal Building, Speke Hall Avenue, Speke, Liverpool L24 1YD on 23 March 2020 at 2.00pm.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to social distancing advice provided by the Government in response to the Coronavirus epidemic, Liverpool Airport Limited has taken the decision to postpone the consultation meeting on relevant Airport charges due to take place on 23 March 2020. Liverpool Airport Limited will advise all airport users of a re-scheduled date for the consultation meeting in due course.
Liverpool Airport Limited
12 March 2020