According to latest reports, the Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LILA) will be experiencing another busy summer this year. It is believed that the number of flyers has grown by 7% compared to the same period in 2016. The increase is believed to be a direct result of a late Easter, which, unlike last year, fell in April. However, the news doesn’t come as a complete surprise as the same phenomenon is being experienced by other airports as well.
LILA is already preparing for the busy summer ahead. For instance, two new routes have been introduced as part of Blue Air’s new “thrice-a-week” flight to Alicante and Thomson’s new flight to Ibiza. According to Paul Winfield, Director of Air Service Development at LILA, the airport is doing everything to handle the upcoming summer congestion. Travelers are being reminded to be patient while passing through security checks and also to arrive at least two hours prior to their respective departure times.
A spokesperson for the airport issued a statement mentioning that this would be a very busy time for the airport and that it would remain that way until the end of the vacation period. The spokesperson attributed the increase in traffic to the fact that holidaymakers were making the most of LILA’s hassle free, convenient environment and the pocket-friendly direct flights to preferred holiday destinations. LILA isn’t exactly new to busy summers. Last year, the airport had to brace for its busiest summer since 2012. Over 24000 flyers departed from the airport on the first summer holiday weekend alone.
Compared to the figures presented for the same period in 2015; there had been a 13% increase among flyers in 2016. The majority of the flyers were headed to the Mediterranean for the summer vacation. In the 6 weeks of the school break last year, LILA catered to around 750,000 flyers, many of whom had headed to destinations in the Mediterranean and also, the Canary Islands. Some of the most popular destinations last year were Malaga, Palma, and Alicante. These destinations were quite popular in 2015 as well. Apart from these destinations, the Canary Islands, the Greek Islands, and the Algarve also welcomed in a large group of travelers.
The increase in the number of passengers last year was observed throughout 2016. In the first half alone, there was an estimated increase of 15% compared to the same period in 2015. 2016 was also the year when LILA saw the return of Thomson Airways, which started here with a service to Majorca.
2015 was also an important year for LILA, as the airport saw an increase in the number of airlines choosing to operate from here. In fact, the number of airlines had actually doubled, resulting in around 9 fresh destinations and 13 more routes. Among the new airlines was Flybe, which introduced services to Belfast, Amsterdam, and Edinburgh. Similarly, Aer Lingus made its entry into LILA with services to Dublin that also came with a connection to North America.