Lufthansa’s new service to Frankfurt takes off from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, bringing the return of global connectivity for the city for the first time in over 10 years.
Today, low-cost carrier, easyJet announced it’s to commence two new routes from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to the Capital of Portugal, Lisbon, and to Innsbruck the regional Capital of Tyrol, situated in Western Austria.
The introduction of these two new destinations links Liverpool with Lisbon and Innsbruck for the very first time. easyJet’s service from Liverpool to Lisbon will begin 2nd November 2007 and will serve the Capital four times a week offering passengers in the North West the perfect winter city break. The route to Innsbruck will operate three times a week starting on 8th January 2008 and is the ideal place for skiers and snowboarders alike to reach the heart of the Alps.
Neil Pakey, Managing Director of Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented: "In Lisbon and Innsbruck, easyJet have delivered two new destinations that will no doubt appeal to both the business and leisure communities. Lisbon in particular means yet another key European capital city will have direct access to the region ahead of the City’s Capital of Culture year in 2008."
David Osborne, easyJet UK General Manager, said: "easyJet is delighted to be launching these two new routes to Innsbruck and Lisbon from Liverpool. The new Innsbruck service is great news for those wanting to ski in Austria this winter, whilst the Lisbon route will not only be popular for city breaks but will also provide a direct link for businesses between the two cities."
Mark Basnett, Director of Operations at The Mersey Partnership (TMP), said:
“International air connections are a vital ingredient of attracting new inward investment.
“Lisbon is a key European capital city and creating this direct and cost effective link will undoubtedly open up some great new investment opportunities for the Liverpool City Region.
“We also know both Liverpool and Lisbon are historically important Port cities with significant service sectors, providing great scope to exploit these similarities and step up our competitive edge.”
The two new additions to easyJet’s portfolio are part of the airline’s decision to adapt its schedule from JLA.
In October easyJet will be celebrating its 10th birthday after operations began at Liverpool John Lennon Airport in 1997. easyJet helped LJLA become the UK’s leading low-cost airport and to date they now have eight aircraft based at Liverpool with flights to 17 destinations and have carried over 15 million passengers from the North West.
A new service by PLAY airlines will connect Liverpool with Reykjavík and four eastern US cities.
A £2m investment is now underway to introduce new passenger facilities that will also create a further 200 jobs at the airport.