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Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) is gearing up for the expected influx of horse racing fans as they fly to JLA on their way to the three day John Smith’s Grand National at the Aintree Racecourse, which culminates in the world famous steeplechase on Saturday.
To help arriving race-goers get a flavour of the unique Aintree experience, the Airport has teamed up with Aintree Racecourse, who have installed two giant stands in the Airport’s Arrivals area to showcase two of the most famous fences on the course – The Chair and Becher’s Brook. The stands show lifesize cutaways of both fences to give arriving passengers an idea of the size of the jumps that riders and horses will be facing.
Large numbers of Irish race-goers always come over for the three day Grand National event. With regular flights from Cork, Dublin, Knock and Shannon in The Republic of Ireland and from Derry in Northern Ireland, Ryanair in particular expect to be flying over thousands of race-goers once again.
Robin Tudor, Head of PR for Liverpool Airport, commented, “We’ve brought a bit of Aintree to the Airport this year for the thousands of arriving race-goers expected to pass through who will be taking advantage of the many low-cost fares, short flight times and the convenience of flying to Liverpool on their way to Aintree.”
Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, has announced plans to take up the Liverpool to Isle of Man route formerly flown by Flybe. The service will operate between Liverpool and the Isle of Man up to 19 times per week initially, with plans to increase this to three times daily from the end of March.
Explosives detection dogs from police forces across the country have been taking part in a major training exercise at Liverpool John Lennon Airport this week.