Liverpool John Lennon Airport welcomed its newest airline today with the arrival from Reykjavik of the first flight to and from Liverpool by new Icelandic low-cost carrier PLAY.
The global coronavirus outbreak is having an impact on everyone’s lives at present, and here at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, the safety and security of both our passengers and our employees continues to remain our priority at all times.
The aviation industry has been hit particularly badly by this crisis as more countries close their borders and airlines cease to operate the majority of their services.
At Liverpool John Lennon Airport we continue to remain open for business, however, with substantial reductions in flights and passenger numbers for the coming weeks ahead, we are now having to implement measures to ensure the sustainability of the business during these extreme circumstances.
All cost reduction opportunities are being pursued and this will unfortunately necessitate salary reductions for Airport Company employees including the Airport’s Executive Team, reduced working weeks, temporary lay-offs and a number of redundancies. All capital expenditure has been deferred too.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport plays a significant role in the local and regional economy and whilst this situation is not unique to our business, it is important that we put measures in place that will ensure the sustainability of the business in the short term in order to protect our long term future and be best placed to recover from this crisis in due course with the return of airline operations.
John Irving, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, “The threat to the whole UK aviation industry should not be underestimated and we await details of the Government’s potential support package for airlines and airports announced by the Chancellor this afternoon, which will be needed to help our industry survive this unprecedented collapse in business.”
Lufthansa’s new service to Frankfurt takes off from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, bringing the return of global connectivity for the city for the first time in over 10 years.
A new service by PLAY airlines will connect Liverpool with Reykjavík and four eastern US cities.