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Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is once again gearing up for the great Christmas and New Year ‘Getaway’ with almost 200,000 passengers expected to pass through the Airport over the holiday period.
The traditional Christmas getaway started today with the majority of schools having finished for the holidays and passengers heading off on flights from Liverpool to seek some winter sun, go skiing, visit relatives, or look for Christmas and New Year festivities across Europe.
This year with long haul connections from Liverpool now available with KLM via their Amsterdam Schiphol hub, passengers are expected to be jetting off to an even wider selection of destinations not just in Europe but across the world. There are direct flights to over 60 destinations on offer from LJLA and over 650 worldwide destinations via Amsterdam with KLM and their partners. As usual, popular flights for passengers are expected to be Geneva and other winter ski destinations, The Canary Islands, southern Spain and the new Agadir service in North Africa for some warmer winter weather and new Christmas city break destinations such as Prague and Bratislava. The increase in inbound visitors to the region via the Airport is also expected to continue over the festive period too.
However, LJLA Management are once again keen to remind all passengers to allow plenty of time to pass through the Airport and that stringent security restrictions still apply. Passengers are urged to arrive at the Airport early ahead of their flights, as Management believe there will be particularly high volumes of passengers departing in the next few days getting away ahead of Christmas. Combined with the security restrictions that remain in place, passengers should allow extra time to check-in and pass through what will be a very busy terminal building.
The restrictions on liquids carried in hand luggage can cause disruption for passengers who are asked to think carefully about what items they are intending to pack in hand luggage, before they set off for the Airport – especially those who are travelling with presents for friends and relatives.
With many airlines encouraging on-line check-in and hand luggage only, passengers are reminded that all items in hand luggage including wrapped Christmas presents are subject to search as part of the current aviation security measures that are in place at all UK Airports. To avoid disappointment at the security search point and to help keep security queues to a minimum, passengers are being asked to travel with their presents unwrapped if they are to be carried in hand luggage.
Liquids, gels and aerosols can be carried in individual 100ml containers which fit comfortably in a re-sealable clear bag no larger than 20cm x 20cm. However, passengers are advised to put liquids and unwrapped liquid presents such as perfumes, alcohol and toiletries within their hold luggage before checking-in.
Andy Gower, Airport Director at LJLA commented:
“We are expecting the Christmas and New year period to be one of the busiest for the Airport. In recent weeks passenger numbers have certainly picked up and reflects the increase in destinations available this Christmas, bringing passengers the biggest choice of affordable flights from Liverpool.”
With this in mind and to keep queuing times to a minimum we’re asking passengers to come prepared and to think about what they are carrying in their hand luggage. We are asking passengers to help us to help them and avoid some of the disappointment we have seen in previous years.
We want all our passengers to enjoy the start of their journey particularly at this time of the year and with a bit of forward planning we hope passengers will get their Christmas holidays off to a great start.”
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