24 Mar 2017
Celebrations have taken place at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) today as Blue Air officially announced Liverpool as their latest European base.
Last October, the airline revealed that Liverpool will become their eighth European base with flights to popular destinations such as Rome, Milan, Hamburg and Alicante starting at the end of March and further afield by Summer 2017.
Liverpool is now Blue Air’s eighth European base, a move which will create up to 35 new, direct, local jobs.
Gheorghe Racaru, CEO of Blue Air commented: “It is indeed a proud moment for us at Blue Air to further expand our European network with the addition of Liverpool as our 8th operational base.
“We are confident that our actions will make North West England more accessible, further boost tourism and foster economic development in the region.
“Our based 737-800 will connect Liverpool to the currently unserved Rome, Milan and Hamburg, while also offering an increased offer on the Alicante sector. We look forward to sustaining the local economy, and subsequently increasing our presence at the airport with even more routes in the coming future.”
Commitment to the region
Blue Air have further committed to the City Region by announcing today that they will be working with Liverpool John Lennon Airport and its #LJLALoves charity brand, by asking passengers on all their Liverpool flights to make a donation to the Airport’s charity partner – Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
It is hoped that with the Airport and Blue Air’s help, thousands of pounds can be donated over the coming months, with funds raised going towards supporting Alder Hey’s latest initiative to create a world class ‘digital hospital’.
Andrew Cornish CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport said: “Today has been a tremendous occasion with guests from across the City Region helping to give a great welcome to the team from Blue Air in recognition of their latest commitment to Liverpool.”
As part of their plans to become Liverpool’s airline last October Blue Air launched a competition for the public to design a new livery for this aircraft, with the winning design seen in Liverpool for the first time today.
The unique livery recognises the City’s strong musical links, its warm welcome and famous city skyline, with both halves of the City’s football support catered for through the use of both blue and red colours.
Blue Air first started operations from Liverpool in December 2014, with a three times weekly departure to Bucharest. Three months later the airline added a twice weekly service to Bacau in March 2015 followed by a twice weekly service to Cluj-Napoca in June 2016.