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Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is once again gearing up for the great Christmas and New Year ‘Getaway’ with over 100,000 passengers expected to pass through the Airport over the holiday period.
With the school holidays starting towards the end of this week, families across the region are expected to head off on flights from Liverpool to seek some much needed Winter sun, to go skiing, visit relatives, or looking for Christmas and New Year festivities across a range of European cities.
As usual, popular flights for passengers over the coming days are expected to be Winter ski destinations such as Salzburg, Innsbruck and Grenoble, The Canary Islands and southern Spain for some warmer Winter weather and City break destinations including many with famous Christmas markets such as Berlin, Krakow and Vilnius.
Christmas is also a time to meet up with family and friends with many passengers taking advantage of flights to and from Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. Visitor numbers arriving to the region via the Airport are also expected to continue to grow over the festive period too.
Helping to put passengers in the holiday mood, the Airport will be staging one of its regular ‘Funday Friday’ events on 21st December, with a band entertaining passenger with popular Christmas songs and carols, along with Santa and his little helpers on hand to give out Christmas treats to passengers. Retailers at the airport such as World Duty Free and WHSmiths have special Christmas offers for passengers too.
LJLA Management are once again keen to remind all passengers to allow plenty of time to pass through the Airport during this busy period and that restrictions on liquids carried in hand luggage are still in place. Passengers are also reminded 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.
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.
Paul Staples, Airport Director commented, "Christmas and the New Year holiday period is always a busy time of the year when it comes to travel and here at Liverpool we expect to see high volumes of passengers passing through the terminal, taking advantage of the wide choice of destinations available."
Once again we’d like to remind all passengers to help us to help them and avoid some of the disappointment we have seen in previous years by allowing extra time, coming prepared and thinking about what they are carrying in their hand luggage."
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