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Whilst work on improving areas in the terminal building for the millions of passengers using Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) each year has been high profile in recent months, the Airport has also been upgrading and improving essential facilities for its many airline customers too.

Some £600,000 has been invested by Peel Airports to replace and upgrade the Airport’s approach lights for Runway 27, at the eastern end of the airfield, which are essential in aiding the safe and efficient arrival of aircraft landing at LJLA both during the day and night.

Some 230 new lights have now been installed on 142 poles to replace those fitted some 20 years ago, with these works taking over five months to complete.

The new approach lights will ensure that appropriate aircraft can continue to land in Category III landing conditions, which are associated with poor visibility.

The work was carried out by Airfield lighting experts Edward Dewhurst Ltd who completed the job despite the severe winter weather experienced in early December.

Marcus Scrafton, Head of Development for Peel Airports commented, "The previous approach lights had just about reached the end of their life, so it was important that we replaced these landing aids.

"As with any major works at an Airport, we don’t have the luxury of replacing them all at one time. With aircraft movements throughout the day, the contractor has to work round the times of any arriving aircraft, so this has been a difficult job to complete. We expect to see these new lights helping our airline customers land at Liverpool for the next 20 years."

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