Liverpool Airport reports highest passenger numbers for seven years in August

It was a 3% rise on August 2017 and contributed to a 2.5% increase in business for the year to date – almost 3.5m passengers have passed through LJLA this year. Tony McDonough reports

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport has enjoyed its busiest month in seven years

 

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) enjoyed its busiest month in seven years in August, handling more than 535,000 passengers.

It was a 3% rise on August 2017 and contributed to a 2.5% increase in business for the year to date. Almost 3.5m passengers have passed through LJLA this year – over 86,000 more than in 2017.

A number of new services have taken off in recent months including flights to Palma and Malaga with Blue Air, to Pula, Dalaman and Palermo with easyJet, to Shannon with Ryanair and most recently Wideroe’s new service to Bergen.

These new routes have all helped to boost passenger numbers, in addition to higher passenger loads on existing well-established routes.

LJLA also claims the passenger experience is improving with queue times for passengers to go through security remaining low throughout August with 98% of passengers taking 10 mins or less to pass through.

This latest performance follows a recent report by consumer magazine Which? showing that Liverpool was one of the best UK airports in terms of customer satisfaction.

Growth is expected to continue in the coming months at LJLA too, with a number of new routes due to start later in the year including Wizz Air flights to Cluj, Iasi and Bucharest, a Ryanair service to Paphos and an easyJet service to Toulouse.

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