EasyJet celebrates ten years and rising out of Liverpool

Budget airline EasyJet has carried 17.5m passengers through Liverpool John Lennon Airport and generated £160m for the region, the firm said as it celebrated 10 years flying out of the city.

EasyJet has eight aircraft based at Liverpool with flights to 19 destinations and has carried 2m passengers through JLA so far this year.

At one time EasyJet was by far the dominant carrier out of Liverpool, but has faced increasing competition from Irish airline Ryanair over the past two years. EasyJet's services are generally more frequent than Ryanair's, meaning it still often carries the most passengers per month. However, by another measure Ryanair dominates, flying to 43 destinations compared to EasyJet's 19. Ryanair introduced more than 20 new services in the past 18 months.

In November, EasyJet begins services to Lisbon and, in January, Innsbruck will follow. Ryanair will start flying to Valencia from Liverpool at the end of October.

Neil Pakey, managing director of JLA, owned by Peel Holdings, said: "EasyJet and the airport have invested many millions of pounds into the North West economy since 1997 and today represents a huge achievement for all. EasyJet has carried over 17.5 million passengers since they started at Liverpool, and the city and region are indebted to them for putting Liverpool back on the map."

Andy Harrison, EasyJet's chief executive, visiting JLA to mark the occasion, said: "The arrival of EasyJet at Liverpool ten years ago not only provided the region with direct low-fare flights to Europe but also boosted the local economy with its commitment to investment and jobs in the area."

Overseas visitor numbers for Liverpool have tripled in the past three years, according to The Mersey Partnership. One of the reasons it cites for this is the expansion of JLA, which now carries more than 5m passengers a year, and the huge investment EasyJet has made to the number of flights.

EasyJet routes from Liverpool and launch dates over the past ten years:

8 January 2008

Innsbruck

2 November 2007

Lisbon

10 April 2006

Krakow

11 April 2006

Faro

22 July 2006

Mahon (Menorca)

24 July 2005

Ibiza

28 March 2004

Basel

28 April 2004

Berlin

22 June 2004

Cologne

7 January 2003

Alicante

2 May 2002

Paris CDG

26 March 2000

Majorca (Palma)

September 1999

Madrid

10 January 1999

Barcelona

10 January 1999

Geneva

15 July 1999

Belfast

15 July 1999

Malaga

27 October 1997

Amsterdam

1 November 1997

Nice

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