Peel celebrates 50m passengers for JLA

Peel Holdings said Liverpool John Lennon Airport today handled its 50 millionth passenger since it was officially opened in 1933.

Over 31m of the 50m passengers have used the airport in the last 10 years since the acquisition of the airport by Peel. EasyJet has carried over 18m passengers since services from Liverpool began in 1997.

Helen Lace, on EasyJet's flight to Belfast earlier today, was named as the passenger to reach the milestone.

Neil Pakey, Peel Airport's deputy chief executive, said: "It is a remarkable achievement for JLA to be celebrating its 50millionth passenger in this our 75th anniversary year. Peel's substantial investment over the last 10 years has certainly paid off for the region. The airport has continued to move up the league table of UK airports, has increased its passengers numbers eight fold and last year won the prestigious accolade of 'UK Airport of the Year 2007'. Most importantly Peel's investment has provided Liverpool with the key air links it desperately needed."

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