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Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is gearing up once again for the traditional Christmas and New Year ‘getaway’, with around 120,000 passengers expected to pass through the Airport over the festive and New Year holiday period.

Increased passenger numbers seen throughout the year are set to continue throughout the holiday period, with LJLA expecting over 7,000 more travellers to pass through the Airport this year – a 7% increase compared to 2016.

With many schools now finishing for Christmas, families from across the region are expected to head off on flights over the holiday period with passengers 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 European cities.

Staff at the Airport will be helping passengers get into the festive mood on Friday too with a Christmas DJ, entertainers, selfie mirror, face painters and an Igloo photo booth to provide some Christmas spirit across the Airport.

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, whilst popular City break destinations include new destinations of Rome, Milan and Venice.

Christmas is also a popular time for passengers to fly via LJLA to return home or visit family and friends, with flights to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland expected to be amongst the busiest once again.

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 LJLA commented, “After August Bank Holiday weekend, the Christmas and New Year period is our second busiest time of the year, with thousands of passengers passing through over the festive period taking advantage of the convenience of flying via Liverpool.

We’ve laid on some festive entertainment across the Airport this year too, helping our passengers get into a great ‘Christmassy’ mood ahead of their departure.”

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