In the same week that the world’s leading air travel intelligence company, OAG awarded Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) a 5-star rating for flight punctuality, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have today published their latest report on the accessibility services provided by the top 30 UK airports with Liverpool listed in the highest ‘very good’ category.
A famous Rhino sculpture that has spent the past 7 years at Liverpool John Lennon Airport has today been unveiled at its new home in Lache, on the outskirts of Chester.
The Airport Rhino, originally called ‘Tino’, had previously formed part of Chester’s famous ‘Rhino Mania’ public art event in 2010, which was a trail of some 62 beautifully decorated rhino sculptures that went on display in the city and surrounding areas, which included Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The Airport needed to move the sculpture as part of recent development works and chose to donate it to a local community. With the Rhino having originated from Chester, the Airport approached Cheshire West and Chester Council to see if they could find a new home for the sculpture.
Knowing that the Community in Lache were keen to have one of the Rhino sculptures for their local community to enjoy, the Council worked with the Airport to bring it back to Chester. With the kind assistance of leading construction and civil engineering contractor Cambrianway Limited, who have worked for the Airport on various construction contracts, the Rhino was recently delivered to its new home at Lache Community Centre.
Two local schools, Lache Primary and St Clare’s Catholic Primary School have subsequently organised a competition for pupils to suggest a new name for their Rhino. The Rhino was originally the work of Cheshire artist Mike Kilkelly and depicts a tiger’s coat on a rhino’s body.
Robin Tudor, Head of PR for Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, “The Rhino sculpture has been very much part of the Airport for the past seven years but recent developments meant it could no longer remain in place and we thought it would be nice to see if we could find a more permanent home for it closer to Chester.
We were naturally delighted to hear that the community in Lache were keen to have their own Rhino Mania sculpture and that we were able to help out and donate this to them for the local community to enjoy.”
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing said: “Thanks to Liverpool Airport for donating the Rhino, he has gone to a good new home and can now be enjoyed by everyone in Lache. Rhino Mania was enjoyed by thousands of people so to have one of the Rhinos back in Chester is great news and I’m sure he’ll attract a lot of interest.”
(Back row, centre) LJLA’s Robin Tudor with Janet Walters, Chester Locality Officer for Cheshire West and Chester Council and schoolchildren from Lache Primary and St Clare’s Catholic Primary School with the famous Rhino Sculpture.
easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has announced that a new route to Toulouse from Liverpool John Lennon for next winter is on sale today.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport has once again been awarded a 5-star rating by the world’s leading air travel intelligence company, OAG for flight punctuality. With an on-time performance of 85.4 per cent of flights running on time, the 5-star ranking represents excellent performance over a rolling 12-month period.