Scandinavia’s largest regional airline Widerøe has today announced that it is to start operating a twice weekly service between Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and Bergen in Norway.
Passenger numbers have continued to grow at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA), with figures for June 2.5% higher than in 2017, taking growth at Liverpool for the first 6 months of 2018 to 3%, compared to the same period last year.
Over 470,000 passengers travelled through LJLA last month with over 2.4 million passengers choosing to use the Airport during the first six months of this year - over 70,000 more than in 2017 and the highest first half of the year since 2011.
Figures for the past 12 months show that the Airport’s annual passenger numbers have now exceeded 5 million for the first time in 7 years.
A combination of additional new services to Majorca and Malaga with Blue Air, to Shannon with Ryanair, plus Champions League Final flights and higher passenger loads on existing well established routes, have helped to boost passenger numbers.
Growth is expected to continue during the second half of the year too, with a number of new routes having already been announced from Liverpool for 2018. Later this month, easyJet will commence flights to Pula, Dalaman and Palermo with the addition of their 8th aircraft to be based at Liverpool, whilst, Wideroe are to start their service to Bergen in August and Ryanair are to commence flights to Paphos in October.
Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development for LJLA commented, “The first half of 2018 has been another successful period for the Airport with more and more passengers taking advantage of the convenience of flying from Liverpool and our faster, easier, friendlier approach to the beginning of their journey.
The recent completion of the latest terminal improvements gives our growing numbers of passengers an even better customer experience and as we build up to the busiest time of the year with the start of the school summer holidays just a few weeks away, we expect to see further growth in passenger numbers during the second half of the year.”
Blue Air’s newest flights from Liverpool to Malaga and Majorca take off for the first time next week. These two routes were announced late last year as part of the airline’s 2017 network expansion program which ended the year with 34 new route announcements.
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