Liverpool John Lennon Airport announces new passenger facilities ahead of summer season

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is expecting a much busier summer this year as it resumes operations after the covid pandemic and announced a £2m investment to introduce new passenger facilities.

With flights to over 60 destinations across Europe and the UK operating from Liverpool this summer, plus onward connections to a number of global destinations with the new Lufthansa Frankfurt service starting in May, passenger numbers at the airport are expected to be the highest since 2019.

Lucy O’Shaughnessy, LJLA’s Commercial Director, commented, ‘It’s great to be opening units back up again and adding some fantastic new brands to the mix including Greggs and Upper Crust and we are really looking forward to welcoming back our regular passengers and hopefully many new ones too.

These great new additions combined with the return of many of our popular existing shopping and food and drink areas will mean passengers have an even greater choice of quality passenger facilities in time for Easter and the Summer season ahead, here at the region’s faster, easier, friendlier airport.’

As the airlines commence their summer schedules at the end of March, work is underway around the airport terminal to enhance shopping and dining facilities for both departing and arriving passengers, creating new facilities in time for Easter and the first of the Summer season holiday periods.

In the Departure Lounge, airport food and beverage operator SSP will be opening a new ‘Upper Crust’ freshly baked baguette specialist store, while fashion sports retailer JD Sports will expand its premises to offer a wider range of sports clothing, footwear and accessories.

Bakery chain Greggs is set to open a store at the airport for the first time, with a unit near the Arrivals area for returning passengers and those waiting to ‘meet and greet’ friends and relatives, along with a new WHSmith unit that includes a Marks & Spencer’s Food To Go offer for the first time.

In addition, a number of existing retailers will be re-opening in time for the Easter holiday period. These include designer clothing retailer Traveller and popular restaurant Frankie and Benny’s, as well as several other food and beverage areas.

The airport will also be introducing an enhanced parking offer for passengers with a new ‘Meet and Greet’ valet parking facility, enabling passengers to drop off their vehicles close to the terminal, with airport staff parking their car for them on site at the airport and then returning them on return. In total, this £2m investment in these new facilities will also create a further 200 jobs at the airport, LJLA said.

Lufthansa announces new connection to Frankfurt

Lufthansa Airlines has said that it will open up a new connection between Liverpool and Frankfurt, Germany.

Starting May 4, 2022 the German carrier will offer nonstop flights for the first time from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to its main hub in Frankfurt. Transferring passengers from Liverpool can soon easily connect through Frankfurt to over 150 destinations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

‘Lufthansa will be the first global network airline in Liverpool with easy reach to destinations on 4 continents’, says Heinrich Lange, Senior Director Sales Northern Europe Lufthansa Group Airlines. ‘As a premium carrier we will be the only airline at John Lennon Airport to offer seats in Business Class and all the amenities of a full service approach. This new route is also good news for incoming business; Liverpool is among the five most visited cities in the UK, known as the city of music, football and trade and will benefit tremendously from this new international route.’

This will be the first time in its 66 years’ history in Britain that Lufthansa as one of Europe’s leading airlines will take off at Liverpool with its Airbus A320 (168 seats) or its Bombardier CRJ900 (90 seats). With a flight time of just one hour and 40 minutes, passengers from Liverpool will reach Frankfurt, Europe’s financial centre that is also close to the famous Rheingau wineries. Members of Miles & More can earn and spend their miles also on these new flights.

John Irving, CEO Liverpool John Lennon Airport, commented, ‘It has been a long held desire of both the Airport and the City Region as a whole to reconnect Liverpool with the world and we are therefore absolutely delighted to be welcoming Lufthansa to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

To be able to connect Liverpool globally via Frankfurt will bring huge benefits to the business sector across our region both now and into the future and of course will now enable the world to easily connect into Liverpool to visit our brilliant city and the surrounding areas.

Lufthansa is such an iconic, five star airline. The links that their global network and that of their Star Alliance partner airlines brings are second to none and in partnership with key stakeholders across the region, we are looking forward to working with Lufthansa in preparation for the commencement of this important new route in May 2022.’

Liverpool will be Lufthansa Group’s 11th destination in Great Britain. Next summer, Lufthansa is planning up to more than 700 weekly connections to Great Britain as one of its top European markets for its leisure and business travellers.

Wizz Air launches new flights from Liverpool to Rome

Wizz Air, the Central and Eastern Europe-focused low-cost carrier, has launched a new service to its growing network from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) with flights to the Italian capital of Rome starting this summer.

The new service operates three times weekly, starting July 1, 2021 departing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The service sees the return of flights to the Italian capital for the first time in over two years.

Paul Winfield, Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Director of Aviation Development commented, ‘The region’s travellers have been largely grounded for most of the past 14 months, but we believe that the demand for international travel remains strong, which is why we have continued to work closely with our airline partners to offer passengers from across the region a great choice of destinations to choose from over the coming weeks and months, once international travel restrictions are lifted next week.

‘We are delighted to see Wizz Air continue to develop their business from Liverpool, creating more opportunities for passengers from across the North West and North Wales to travel to a growing number of European destinations direct from Liverpool.’

This is the third new route from Liverpool to be announced recently, and adds to Wizz Air’s growing network by becoming its 13th route from Liverpool airport. More information and tickets are available at Wizz Air’s Liverpool network, at www.wizzair.com.

Ryanair launches new routes to Zadar from Newcastle, Liverpool for Summer ’21

Ryanair has announced a new Newcastle to Zadar route, commencing in July 2021 and flying once weekly as part of Ryanair’s UK Summer 2021 schedule.

In addition, as part of Ryanair’s UK Summer 2021 schedule, Ryanair also announced a new Liverpool to Zadar route, commencing in July 2021 and flying twice weekly. As part of the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £19.99 for travel until the end of October 2021, which must be booked by midnight Thursday, April 1 on the Ryanair.com website.

‘Mindful that Covid restrictions change regularly, customers can now book flights to the new destinations knowing that if they need to postpone or change their travel dates, they can do so up to two times with a zero-change fee until the end of October 2021, ‘ said Ryanair’s Commercial Director, Jason Mc Guinness.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport said: ‘It’s fantastic to see more great news from Ryanair for the region today with the announcement of Zadar, a brand new destination for Newcastle International Airport this summer. As well as being home to some of Croatia’s best beaches Zadar also provides easy access to three stunning national parks, popular with hikers and rock climbers, and is the main gateway to many of Croatia’s most popular music festivals.

Zadar, is now the ninth Ryanair destination from Newcastle International Airport, and in addition to Chania announced last week it provides even more choice for the North East traveling public. We are very much looking forward to welcoming passengers from across the region when travel restrictions are eased.’

Paul Winfield, Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Director of Aviation Development said, ‘It’s great to see Ryanair’s commitment to Liverpool, the City Region and beyond continue with the return of their flights to Zadar, their third new route to be announced from Liverpool in recent months.

Throughout the lockdown we’ve continued to work with our airline partners to explore new route opportunities so that as soon as the region’s passengers can travel abroad, they will be able to jet off on a much-needed holiday to a host of great destinations from Liverpool once again.’

Ryanair launches new Liverpool route to Corfu

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced a new route from Liverpool to Corfu as part of its Summer 2019 schedule, which will be launched shortly.

With a twice weekly service from June, Ryanair’s full Liverpool Summer 2019 schedule will be unveiled soon. To celebrate its new Corfu route, Ryanair has launched a seat sale, with seats from Liverpool available from £9.99 for travel in October, November, December and January.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Liverpool route to Corfu commencing in June, which will operate twice weekly as part of our Summer 2019 schedule. Customers in the North West region can now book flights to the Greek sunshine as far out as October 2019, with our full schedule launching soon.

To celebrate, we are releasing seats across our network from Liverpool from just £9.99 for travel up to January 2019. This offer is available for booking until midnight Saturday (13 Oct). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto the Ryanair.com and book a bargain break today.’

Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Director of Aviation Development, Paul Winfield said: ‘Liverpool Airport is delighted to welcome this latest new route with Ryanair. This new route will allow passengers from across the North West to travel to Corfu from Liverpool, the Faster, Easier, Friendlier Airport in the North West.’

In addition, Ryanair has launched its Cardiff Summer 2019 schedule, and is set to double its Cardiff traffic with two new routes to Barcelona (twice weekly) and Malta (two weekly) and four routes – including Faro (twice weekly) and Tenerife (weekly) – in total.

Commenting on the move, CEO of Cardiff Airport, Deb Barber, said: ‘It’s great to see that Ryanair continues to recognise the potential that exists to build on its offering at Cardiff Airport, having already announced a new route to Malta from April 2019.

‘Furthermore, we are very pleased by today’s announcement that Ryanair will begin operating regular, low-cost flights to Barcelona from next summer – the ideal destination for a city break or beach holiday in the sun. The announcement of two new routes in as many months means that Ryanair has now doubled its choice of destinations for Summer 2019.’

Ryanair announces City of Derry Airport route to Edinburgh

Ryanair, the Irish budget airline, has announced a new route to Edinburgh from City of Derry Airport, the main gateway for the North West of Ireland.

This new route to Edinburgh will commence in October, with a five-time weekly service as part of Ryanair’s Winter 2018 schedule, which includes a route to Liverpool. In announcing the service, the airline also launched a £9.99 winter sale on the route.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘Our new City of Derry Airport route to Edinburgh commences in October, operating five times weekly as part of our Winter 2018 schedule. To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just £9.99, which are available for booking from today until midnight Tuesday (4th Sept) for travel from October to January. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Charlene Shongo, Airport Manager at City of Derry Airport, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to launch Ryanair’s new service to Edinburgh. The charming city of Edinburgh has so much to offer travellers, from romantic getaways, family trips or a weekend break with friends. The new Ryanair service to Edinburgh will operate five times per week and will commence on 28th October. Flights are on sale now with fares starting from as little as £9.99 one way. As well as offering city breaks, this new route will be of huge benefit for those who travel to Scotland to visit family and friends, for studying or sporting events throughout the year’.

As part of the Irish airlines ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, Ryanair customers are offered a price promise offering a refund of the price difference + EUR5, if they find a cheaper fare compared to Ryanair’s offered price.

Ryanair announces extra flights to Manchester and Liverpool for football fans

Irish low fares airline Ryanair has announced five extra flights from Dublin to Liverpool and Manchester, and also rescheduled two other flights to enable Liverpool and Manchester United fans to watch their clubs’ early Premier League fixtures.

Ryanair said that it has added an extra flight on match day, departing Dublin at 07.10 hours on Sunday, August 13, for the Manchester United v West Ham match, and an extra return flight, departing at 21.05 hours that evening. It has also scheduled an extra flight to Liverpool to depart Dublin at 06.05 hours on Saturday, August 19, for the Liverpool v Crystal Palace game at Anfield.

The airline has further rescheduled one flight to depart Manchester at 22.25 hours on Saturday, August 26, for fans to attend Manchester United v Leicester at Old Trafford, while an extra service has been added for Liverpool v Arsenal on Sunday August 27, departing Dublin at 07.25 hours, with an evening flight rescheduled to depart Liverpool at 22.35hours.

In addition, an extra evening flight has been added for Sunday, September 17, for the Manchester United v Everton match, departing Manchester at 21.05 hours. Liverpool and Manchester United fans can log on to www.ryanair.com to book the tickets for these football specials, the airline said.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘Excitement is building ahead of the start of the new Premier League season, with thousands of fans set to fly Ryanair once more this year. We’ve scheduled two additional flights from Dublin to Liverpool, and rescheduled another, to accommodate Liverpool fans travelling to see their side take on Crystal Palace and Arsenal. We’ve added three more flights from Dublin to Manchester, and rescheduled another, to accommodate Manchester United fans travelling to see the Red Devils play West Ham, Leicester and Everton in August and September. Seats are selling fast, so fans are urged to log on to the Ryanair.com website and book their match day getaway today.’

Separately, Ryanair said that it has cancelled its planned entry into Ukraine following Kiev airport’s failure to honour an agreement reached at the Ministry of Infrastructure with airport officials earlier this year, in March. Consequently, Ryanair has cancelled its four new Kiev routes and seven new Lviv routes, and will refund customers who have already booked low fare flights to and from the Ukraine, it said.

Ryanair launches winter 2017 schedule at Liverpool

Irish low fares airline Ryanair has launched its 2017 winter schedule at Liverpool, with two new routes to Copenhagen and Milan, and a new winter service to Prague.

Ryanair’s winter 2017 schedule from Liverpool will deliver a total of 24 routes, including the four-times weekly route to Copenhagen, thrice-weekly flights to Milan Malpensa, and a four-times weekly new winter service to Prague. The schedule will see Ryanair operating 90 weekly flights from the airport, which will help deliver two million customers per annum and support 1,500 jobs at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Ryanair said that it will continue to connect Liverpool with major European cities on increased frequency, low fare services including Barcelona (four weekly), Milan (three weekly) and Dublin (four daily), and also offer a wide range of winter sun routes, making it more suited for business and leisure customers.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our Liverpool winter 2017 schedule, which includes 2 brand new routes to Copenhagen and Milan, the continuation of our new Prague route into winter, and 24 routes in total, which will deliver 2m annual customers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. These new routes will go on sale on the Ryanair.com website later this week as we continue to grow our Liverpool traffic, tourism and jobs, underlining our commitment to LJLA and the Liverpool region.

‘We are also pleased to report record bookings on our Liverpool summer 2017 schedule and customers can look forward to even lower fares so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair. We urge all customers who wish to book their holidays to do so now on the Ryanair.com website or mobile app, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from Liverpool.’

LJLA’s Director of Air Service Development, Paul Winfield, said: ‘Today’s news means that since September last year, Ryanair have now announced seven new destinations from Liverpool including three capital cities. Further growth next winter and the current success of their forthcoming summer programme, should make 2017 one of Ryanair’s busiest from Liverpool in recent years.’

Ryanair added that its Liverpool summer 2017 schedule is attracting record bookings, with increased frequencies on lower fares to sun destinations, including three new routes to Bari (twice weekly), Girona (twice weekly) and Prague (four time weekly), which will commence in March.

Ryanair mulling transatlantic connection for Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has stated that transatlantic connections from Liverpool John Lennon Airport could be available from later this year.

Ryanair’s chief executive has been in Liverpool to talk to airport bosses with regards to new routes from the airport. He has pledged ‘two or three new routes’ for the north west airport from this winter, and said that he is in talks with Aer Lingus to offer onward connections to the US.

That would enable passengers to check their bags in at Liverpool, fly Ryanair to Dublin, clear US customs at Dublin, and then transfer to an Aer Lingus flight to any of its American destinations. Aer Lingus launched a Dublin-Liverpool flight in 2016, allowing it to offer transfers to the US, but that service closed late last year. Dublin is one of two Irish airports to offer ‘pre-clearance’ to those travelling to the US. It means travellers can clear US customs at Dublin and avoid the often huge queues to clear customs in the US.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, O’leary said: ‘We’re talking to Aer Lingus about connecting into their transatlantics at Dublin. You can see a much better operation with Ryanair carrying people from Liverpool to Dublin and then they’re connecting in Dublin going transatlantic clearing Customs. It would be the fastest and certainly the cheapest way to fly from the North West to the US.’

He added that the airlines had signed a provisional ‘heads of terms’ agreement and that talks were ongoing.

He said: ‘There’s a lot of logistical issues to be resolved, mainly reservation systems talking to each other and our computer system. Hopefully we can get those resolved in the next couple of months. I’d like to see it happen by sometime in the summer of 2017. But if not, winter of 2017 will do fine.’

Wizz Air to launch Lublin service from Liverpool Airport

European low-fares airline Wizz Air has announced plans to commence new flights from UK’s Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to the Polish city of Lublin in May 2017.

The new service will be the North West’s only flights to Lublin – the largest city in South East Poland. The announcement comes as the airline celebrated the first anniversary of its Lublin base. Lublin will be Wizz Air’s sixth destination from Liverpool, adding to the airline’s existing flights to Warsaw, Gdansk, Katowice, Riga and Budapest.

Commencing May 21, 2017, the new twice weekly service will operate on Sundays and Wednesdays. With this new service starting next summer, Wizz Air’s weekly departures from Liverpool will increase to 17. Flights are now on sale with fares from £16.49 one way and can be booked on www.wizzair.com.

Paul Winfield, LJLA’s Air Service Development Manager, said, ‘We are delighted that Wizz Air are to further strengthen their presence at Liverpool by expanding their range of destinations to include Lublin and we look forward to continuing to work with them and explore further opportunities to operate more flights from Liverpool – the North West’s Fastest, Easiest and Friendliest Airport.’

Tamara Vallois, Head of Communications at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled today to announce our sixth route from Liverpool. The new service is our fourth low-fare connection from Liverpool to Poland and offers direct access to the picturesque city of Lublin in Lesser Poland. Lublin boasts a beautiful Old Town and is ideal for a short city break as well as a great value for money longer getaway. With tickets starting from only £16.49, we hope to see many happy customers on board our young fleet.’

Gabor Vasarhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, commented: ‘The first WIZZ flight took off from Lublin Airport in 2012 and since then, we carried over half million passengers on our low-fare Lublin routes. In 2015 we established base operations in the city creating a number of local jobs and bringing affordable travel to even more Polish customers. Today we celebrate the first anniversary of our base with an exciting announcement of the newest destination in our Lublin network. Liverpool is now available on our low fares from Lublin and we are sure customers will appreciate this connection to yet another attractive UK destination. We will remain committed to our Lublin customers and look forward to continuing our fruitful cooperation with Lublin Airport as we bring more opportunities to Lesser Poland.’

Since its first flight in 2012, Wizz Air has constantly expanded its Lublin network, which now includes seven low-fare routes to four countries. In 2015, Wizz Air carried 175,000 passengers on its Lublin routes. In 2016 Wizz Air has over 300,000 seats on sale on its Lublin routes, which represents a 57 per cent growth year over year.