JLA enjoys rise in passenger traffic

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on December 9, 2010

Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport enjoyed an unprecedented surge in passenger traffic during 2010, outperforming all other UK airports.

The latest figures show that several UK airports saw numbers go up as the travel industry slowly recovers. However, Liverpool airport recorded, by far, the largest growth in traffic from January until September of this year, when compared to 2009 numbers. Industry leader RDC Aviation released the data.

To date, 225,000 passengers have crossed through JLA’s terminals, the biggest increase at any UK airport for this year. Despite adversity from the economy, weather and the unexpected eruption of the Iceland volcano causing airports to shut down for six weeks, JLA has managed to surge in traveller popularity as a major UK air travel hub.

Additionally, the airport earned a spot on an international list of 50 airports for its most recent performance. Ten other UK airports also made the worldwide list.

Liverpool is now the UK’s eighth busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers. Serving almost four million travellers each year, the airport is a major hub for airlines like easyJet, Ryanair, Eastern Airways and KLM.

As the airport’s £12m development program reaches completion, the airport will be able to better accommodate its growing numbers. Among the developments include a newly expanded departure lounge, new passenger security stations and the addition of many high street retailers to the duty-free options.

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