Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is gearing up once again for another busy Bank Holiday weekend as thousands of travellers from across the region jet off for Easter from Liverpool.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the official opening of the current passenger terminal at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
It was 10 years to the day that Her Majesty The Queen visited the Airport to unveil a plaque and to declare the new multi-million pound passenger terminal officially open, meeting a number of invited guests including Yoko Ono, wife of the former Beatle after whom the Airport had been renamed in March of the same year. Since opening 10 years ago, over 45 million passengers have passed through the terminal.
The Queen visited the Airport as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002 and on the day met a number of a local community groups who worked closely with the Airport including a group of children from nearby schools along with members of staff employed at the Airport. Yoko Ono returned to the Airport, flying in especially for the official opening having visited earlier that year when she unveiled the famous John Lennon statue. Tom Murphy, the local sculptor who produced the statue was also present.
The new terminal had cost £32.5 million to complete and in that year over 2.8 million passengers travelled through the airport. However the continued growth of the airport over the past 10 years has meant that a number of further major developments have since been carried out, with the airport recently completing a £12 million programme of passenger improvements with passenger numbers reaching over 5.3 million passengers.
Craig Richmond, CEO Peel Airports commented, "The airport has clearly made significant progress over the past 10 years giving the region’s passengers the opportunity to fly to more destinations, all with the added convenience of starting their journey from their local airport.
"The recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations brought back a lot of memories for staff present during the last Jubilee celebrations and the Queen’s visit here."
Ryanair, Europe’s No. 1 airline, today (01 April) celebrated the first flight on its new twice weekly Liverpool service to Copenhagen. Ryanair’s Liverpool summer schedule includes 34 routes in total, with three new routes to Corfu, Paphos and Copenhagen.
Austrian airline Laudamotion is to become the latest airline to operate from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, having today (20th March 2019) announced plans to commence a twice-weekly service from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to Vienna, starting in Winter 2019.