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Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is once again gearing up for the great Christmas and New Year ‘Getaway’, with over 165,000 passengers expected to pass through the Airport over the two week Christmas and New Year holiday period – an increase of around 10% over last year.
With many schools finishing for Christmas tomorrow, families from across the region are expected to start to head off on flights this coming weekend. Passengers will be travelling to a mix of destinations in search of some much needed Winter sun, to go skiing, visit relatives, or looking for Christmas and New Year festivities across a range of UK and European cities.
Santa has already brought an early Christmas present for the Airport, with the news that easyJet will be operating an additional weekly departure to the Greek island of Zante for Summer 2016, following the success of their weekly flight which operated from Liverpool last summer for the first time. Flights are already on sale at easyJet.com
As usual, popular flights for passengers over the coming days are expected to be Winter ski destinations, The Canary Islands and southern Spain for some warmer Winter weather and City break destinations including many with their famous Christmas markets.
This year, a number of passengers are also expected to be travelling even further via LJLA. Flybe now operate flights to Amsterdam with convenient onward connections across the world and Aer Lingus offer connections to a range of US destinations via Dublin.
Helping to put passengers in the holiday mood, the Airport will also be staging a ‘Festive Funday’ on Friday with Santa on hand in the departure lounge available for selfies with passengers of all ages and to hear about any last minute Christmas wishes before he too flies off, back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas Eve. There will also be a DJ to entertain passengers with popular Christmas songs.
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.
Robin Tudor, Head of PR for JLA commented, “We expect this to be the busiest Christmas and New Year getaway in recent years as thousands of passengers pass through over the festive period taking advantage of the convenience of flying via Liverpool.
We’ve even managed to get Santa to be on hand once again before he dashes off back to the North Pole ahead of his own big getaway on Christmas Eve.”
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.
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