31 Mar 2023
This week sees the start of the Summer 2023 schedules at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA), with the number of flights and passengers set to be the highest since the impact of the covid pandemic on aviation at the start of 2020.
The number of seats on sale to over 50 destinations served by airlines operating this Summer from Liverpool is up 14% on last year, giving passengers from across the region even more opportunities to take advantage of the Airport’s faster, easier and friendlier passenger experience.
The Airport has been commended for its customer service in recent years despite the challenges of the pandemic, coming top of the latest Which? UK airport survey. Passengers can check-in quickly and pass through the terminal with ease compared to many larger airports, including average security queue times of just 12 minutes last Summer and more on time departures than most other UK airports.
A number of airlines are continuing to grow their business from Liverpool this Summer. easyJet have increased their capacity by almost 20% with increased frequencies to popular destinations including Alicante, Antalya, Belfast, Bodrum, Dalaman, Izmir, Heraklion, Jersey, Kos, Larnaca, Malaga, Nice and Tenerife. The airline will also launch a new-route to Corfu in June, while its route to Paris Charles-de-Gaulle which launched in October will continue through the Summer too.
Ryanair will offer 11% more seats on their departures from Liverpool compared to last Summer, with the launch of new routes to Ibiza, Madrid and Shannon, while its new winter routes to Malta and Szczecin will continue into the summer season. The carrier will also increase the number of weekly flights offered to Alicante, Cork, Dublin, Knock, Paris Beauvais, Reus and Tenerife.
In addition, Lufthansa are increasing their capacity by 75% following their announcement last year that they will be increasing frequency to six times per week in the peak of Summer 2023. Whilst Norwegian carrier Widerøe is set to return in August after a three-year hiatus by reinstating its popular twice-weekly service to Bergen in Norway.
Paul Winfield, LJLA’s Director of Aviation Development commented, “We all knew that having been one of the first industries to be impacted by the pandemic, we would also be one of the last to fully recover afterwards, however this summer we expect to see passenger numbers edging closer to pre-pandemic levels with our airline partners adding more flights to existing popular destinations as well as a number of new services too.
Before, during and after the pandemic we have continued to give travellers a great passenger experience, with more people from across the region now making Liverpool their airport of choice and so this Summer we look forward to welcoming more and more passengers one again.”