JLA maintains continued passenger growth

Michael Hunt

Passenger numbers for Liverpool John Lennon Airport have continued to grow with a 15% increase for the first three months of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009.

JLA said that this is the fifth consecutive month that the airport has seen year-on-year monthly passenger growth, with over 140,000 additional passengers choosing to use the airport so far this year.

There was an 8% increase to 325,000 passengers in January, while in February and March the airport recorded 18% more passengers, up to 367,000 and 425,000 respectively.

JLA said that prior to these five consecutive monthly increases the airport had experienced an 18 month decline on passenger growth, due to the effects of the economic downturn.

In 2009, JLA recorded its lowest level of passenger numbers for four years with 4.93m passengers using the airport that year, which was an 8% decline on the previous year.

JLA also added that the additional services now being operated by airlines such as KLM, Eastern Airways, easyjet and Ryanair, in comparison to this time last year, have all contributed to this current success.

The airport said that whilst new flights from Ryanair to Rimini and Sicily which started recently and easyJet's new Isle of Man service which starts next month along with KLM's additional daily departure to Amsterdam, should all help to continue this growth in passenger numbers over the coming weeks and months.

To accommodate the growing passenger numbers, JLA said its £12m development programme is now well underway, including the opening of a new passenger security screening area in June this year, which is three times the size of the existing facility.

Expansion of the airport's departure lounge is also taking place, bringing a number of new retail developments to the airport for the first time and due for completion by autumn this year.

Neil Pakey, deputy chief executive of Peel Airports, said: "Liverpool is continuing to buck the trend and is now one of the UK's best performing airports in terms of passenger growth. More and more passengers are now flying via the airport and improved accessibility from across the region means that JLA is becoming the airport of choice for growing numbers of travellers from right across the North West."

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This looks like another Peel press release. Peel run the airport in the most appalling fashion. Customers are treated with a total lack of respect and treated like idiots. The airport is dirty and untidy, and they have crammed in so many shops that there is hardly any seating for waiting passengers. There is a £3 charge to avoid security queues that are their fault in the first place, an extra £2 on every taxi fare as they fleece the taxi drivers, and a pound for a couple of tiny plastic bags if you forget to separate your liquids. Peel need to get a grip on things, look after the airport that our taxes have gone into, and stop ripping us off if they want local support for their other proposed "investments" in the city.

By Paul