The airport has set out its vision for growth through to 2050 in an updated masterplan as it seeks to grow passenger numbers to 11 million a year. The masterplan will be open for consultation for a four-week period from Monday 26 June to Monday 24 July.
LJLA has set 7.8m passengers a year by 2030 as an interim target – it currently records 4.8m passengers per year. The airport has outlined plans for a proposed expansion of the terminal building, car parking and passenger facilities including hotels, retail and food and drink. Although no details have been made available as to potential square footage, the draft document hints at a major increase in size.
The draft also includes a potential extension of the runway would enable Liverpool to accommodate long-haul aircraft. The airport will also look to increase apron space and bring more aircraft closer to the terminal with piers.
Cargo and logistics operations are also to be expanded, potentially using the area south of the runway.
Peel reassumed full control of the airport in 2014, buying up the 65% stake it had previously sold. A 20% stake has since been sold to Liverpool City Council.
Mark Povall, strategy director for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said: “Our ambitious plans will help LJLA to maximise its contribution to the regeneration and renaissance of Liverpool as an international city and play a key role in the economic growth of the Liverpool city region.
“We aim to be the airport of choice for business and leisure travellers from across the North West and North Wales. Through our growth we also want to continue to be good neighbours.
“We are holding a series of consultation events to explain the physical changes proposed under the Master Plan to 2050, and to reassure communities that noise controls and improvements in airline technology, will ensure an overall reduction in the areas impacted by noise from airport operations.”
As part of this mitigation, the masterplan includes an extension to the existing Speke Garston Coastal Reserve along the Mersey shoreline.
LJLA, which on Monday announced the departure of chief executive Andrew Cornish, said that the investment programme has the potential to increase total annual GVA impact to £625m, and will enable it to support 12,280 jobs across the city region by 2030. The final masterplan will be published later this year.
As part of the consultation, two drop-in sessions will be held:
- LJLA terminal building on Thursday 29 June 2017, 4pm – 7.30pm
- Hale Youth Centre, Hale Village Hall on Saturday 8 July, 12.30pm – 4pm