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This week sees the start of Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s (LJLA) busiest time of year with thousands of the region’s holidaymakers jetting off abroad every day for some Summer Sun and taking advantage of the great choice of destinations now available from their local airport.

With school holidays having now started, the airport expects over 130,000 passengers to pass through each week, an increase of approximately 5% over last year’s busy peak Summer season.

Management at the Airport are keen to remind passengers that they should leave plenty of time to not only travel to the airport, but importantly to pass through the Airport too at peak times. LJLA recommends passengers arrive 2 hours before their departure to allow sufficient time to check-in, pass through airport security and to take advantage of the many new passenger facilities now available in the departure lounge.

Only last week the Airport completed work on a £12m programme of improvements for passengers with the opening of a new Estuary Kitchen and Grill, a new Starbucks Coffee outlet and the addition of famous high street sportswear giant JD Sports’ new outlet in the departure lounge.

Work has also just finished in the Airport’s arrivals area with around £100,000 having been invested in developments to create more space and improve the arrivals experience for passengers returning to Liverpool.

Passengers are once again also reminded to think carefully what they pack in any hand luggage that they intend taking through the airport with them, with hundreds of items still being confiscated daily that don’t comply with the stringent security regulations still in place at all UK airports. Liquids and liquid based items in particular continue to be the main items causing disappointment and delays for a number of passengers passing through the new search area.

Dave Walsh, LJLA’s Head of Terminal Services commented, "With direct flights to almost 80 destinations on sale from Liverpool, the region’s holidaymakers are taking advantage of great value flights and choice of destinations available, with the Mediterranean sun spots once again proving popular.

We expect the airport to be really busy over the coming weeks and want to make sure all our passengers have a great start to their holiday. With a little thought and preparation in advance, passengers can help us to help themselves by making sure they allow plenty of time and don’t try to take items through security that they shouldn’t."

Passengers unsure of the latest security regulations in place can check the travel/security advice sections of the Government’s own information website, direct.gov.uk

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