easyJet’s newest route from Liverpool started this morning with passengers jetting off on the airline’s inaugural flight to Antalya in Turkey.
Passenger numbers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport have continued to increase during the busy peak summer holiday period, with latest statistics showing a 7% increase during the third quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2014.
The news comes as one of the Airport’s newest airlines, Blue Air announced that they will add a third destination to their growing operations from LJLA. The Romanian airline will commence a twice weekly service to Cluj, Romania’s second largest city, to complement their already successful flights to the Romanian capital, Bucharest and Bacau in the North East of the country.
Flights will commence on 6th June 2016, departing from Liverpool on Mondays and Fridays at 17:35
With monthly passenger numbers at LJLA having increased each month since February, these latest figures take growth at Liverpool to 6% for the first three quarters of 2015 compared to the same period last year. This latest growth continues to reflect the recent upsurge in business at the Airport following the addition of a number of new routes and airlines now operating from Liverpool.
The growth in passenger numbers is forecast to continue for the remainder of the year too, with Flybe set to commence its daily service to Edinburgh and Aer Lingus its 16 departures per week to Dublin with onward connections to the US, both from the end of this month.
Andrew Cornish, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, “This is an exciting time for the Airport with airlines such as Blue Air recognising the tremendous opportunities available to grow their business from here.
“Over the past 12 months we have secured flights from 5 new airlines, announced 12 new services to 8 new destinations, bringing over 90 additional flights per week.”
Gheorghe Racaru, General manager at Blue Air said, ”Liverpool to Cluj Napoca is the third route that we will open in less than a year since the first Blue Air flight from John Lennon Airport. The Liverpool to Bucharest and Liverpool to Bacau routes represent a real success in Blue Air’s portfolio and this was possible thanks to the support of our partners in the UK and specifically due to the involvement of Liverpool John Lennon Airport.”
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Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, has announced plans to take up the Liverpool to Isle of Man route formerly flown by Flybe. The service will operate between Liverpool and the Isle of Man up to 19 times per week initially, with plans to increase this to three times daily from the end of March.