Liverpool International Airport
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Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of Europe's fastest
growing airports. It has increased its annual passenger numbers from 875,000
in 1998 to over 4.4 million in 2005, as reported in a survey. The increase
in passenger numbers is a reflection of the world-class standards of service
and its easy location in UK. The airport is located just 7 miles south east
of the Centre of Liverpool. From the city centre, one can easily locate
the airport by crossing over Runcorn and into Speke Hall Avenue.
Know your Airport - Liverpool
John Lennon Airport is one of the UK's oldest and still operational
airports. It was originally known as Speke Airport and started operations
in 1930. In 1990 the ownership of the airport was privatized. British Aerospace
took control of 76% shareholding in the new company. Consequently the airport
has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Peel Holdings Ltd. In the first
year of the new millennia, work on a £42.5 million modern passenger
terminal began. This was done to increase the size and capacity of the airport
by as much as 3 times. In 2002, the airport was started being called Liverpool
John Lennon Airport. This was done to honour late John Lennon, a founding
member of Liverpudlian band The Beatles. On the roof of the airport the
famous line from Lennon's song still shines brightly, "Imagine”:
"Above us, only sky”.
– Liverpool International Airport has a newly built terminal
building, which has been completed in 2002. Liverpool Airport plc
is wholly owned by Peel Airports plc.
Transit systems – The airport has people mover systems,
stair cases to facilitate free movement of passengers. Since there
is no second terminal, the airport does not have any inter-terminal
Inside the terminals – There is a good information
desk located on the ground floor that is Level 1 concourse. It is
open up to 20 hours per day. It functions as an all-inclusive centre
providing airport, tourism and public transport information. There
are specific destinations which may or may not overlap during summer
and winter seasons. The flight information display screens located
on the main public space indicating the appropriate check-in times
for different flights. Flight tickets and passports/photographic I.D
are checked, baggage are weighed and labeled and then only a boarding
card is issued. The official airport website mentions that the check-in
times for Air Wales, Aer Lingus, Aer Arann, easyJet, Euromanx, Flybe,
Ryanair, VLM and Wizz Air range from 2hrs to 40 minutes before departure.
Check-ins, ticket sales and reservation desks for all scheduled and
charter services are located on the public space. There are many shops,
food and drink outlets scattered in the Level 1 Arrivals area, Level
1 Check-in Hall and Level 3 Landside retail area. There are a range
of services on offer also in the Level 2 Airside Departure Lounge
and Level 1 Departure Gate area.
Safety - The flight information screens on the main
public space and in the restaurant and bar area will instruct the
travelers when to proceed into the Departures via passport control.
The security measures adopted in the airport are not meant to harass
ordinary travelers but ensure safety of all. The boarding card is
inspected and one is required to go through security screening. Image
capturing procedures are also done to ensure highest standards of
security. All hand baggage and coats are passed through an X-ray scanner.
This is why it is advisable to keep at a minimum. The travelers have
to keep a close watch on their baggage and take the ones which belong
to only them. For safety reasons, the items that must not be taken
onto the aircraft include ammunition, gas cartridges / refills, firearms
(including toy guns), paint, knives, lighter fuel, chemicals like
acids, explosives. Liverpool airport a clean record and the authorities
ensure that the same safety standards are maintained. Merseyside Police
have police officers stationed at the airport. There office is located
on the Level 2 walkway flanked by the John Lennon statue and the escalator
going up to Level 3.
Business facilities – Liverpool John Lennon Airport
provides a growing range of facilities best suited for the business
traveler. Since the airport has a wide selection of flights to both
domestic and European destinations, the business traffic has increased
manifolds. There are dedicated services as far as car parking, airy
check-in hall and WiFi facilities are concerned. That is not all.
There are a whole range of international executive lounges, which
is open to all passengers, regardless of airline or destination. Conference
and business facilities are located on the second level just before
the escalator to the third level. Some lounges offer Priority Pass
Holders free admission. Free newspapers and refreshments are available.
Ordinary facilities including payphones and internet laptop connections
are available. There is a famous Cavern Suite which is available for
hire whilst conducting meetings, seminars and other presentations.
At last for the business traveler with luggage, a left luggage facility
is available on the ground floor on Level 1 to the right of the Check
Family interests – Parent, children and baby rooms
along with separate facilities are available in the terminal. Parents
can accompany small children to use toilets in personal cubicles and
for nappy changing purposes. Private cubicles are also available for
baby feeding, especially for young mothers. For parents looking to
catch a quick shower, the shower room is located in Departure Lounge
on Level 2. There are many places where family food is available and
children menus are specially devised keeping in mind their moods and
tastes. Eateries include Aintree Food Village, Obrien's Irish Coffee
Bar, Burger King, Whistlestop Food & Wine. The eateries provide
great views of the airport amongst which the Burger King restaurant
and the Caffè Ritazza coffee shop offer good views of the apron.
There are a variety of shops located throughout the airport that can
help you take back fond remembrances. They include WH Smith (newspapers,
books, snack and gifts), The Soft Shoe Company, Sok Shop, Music Shop
(music titles), Butler's Fine Chocolates (sweetmeats), Impressions
and Gina are some of the many shops in the airport. The traditional
shops like Boots Chemist, Sports Co and Alpha Duty Free shop offer
great deals. For older children, Serendipity Games offers many exciting
options in the three locations within the terminal at Liverpool John
– For those with special needs, services are available at the
Liverpool International airport. A drop-off area is situated just
outside the terminal and parking facilities for the disabled are also
available. There are special lifts in the airport, low level telephones
(accessible) and wheelchair accessible toilets. Ambulift offers a
service of taking passengers in wheelchair into the aircraft. There
is a prayer room located on the third floor next to the lifts. It
offers peace of mind and calmness. A small area has been set aside
outside the terminal for persons to visit. It has been created to
celebrate Liverpool's "Year of Faith in One City 2004".
The Garden can be found out just past the eastern end of the terminal
Parking options – For the benefit of travelers on a
business trip or a family holiday, there are a good number of car
parking options. The car parks are safe and offer world-class services.
Long-stay car parks offer the greatest range of facilities. Please
note that parking in front of the terminal is limited to pick up and
setting down of disabled passengers only. For others, cars must not
be unattended or wait longer than is necessary to drop off travelers.
Extra information - The Airport's new terminal building has
since its completion been offering better facilities, better service
and better service with respect to both flights and charter service.
The airport has planned to offer tours of the landside area of the
airport to 30 member-groups. Even a comprehensive fear of flying course
is also on cards at the airport.
Leaving from Liverpool airport – By road,
the airport offers surface routes through the M53, M56 and M6 motorways.
The nearest stations are at Garston and Hunts Cross. There are regular
bus services linking the airport with both Liverpool and Manchester
city centers. There is a taxi rank located just outside the terminal.
For big-spenders, an alternative to bus services is chauffeur-driven
car for long-distance travel.
Essentials - The Liverpool Airport offers four
cash dispensers in the terminal - two located on Level 1 and two just next
to the right of the top of the escalator and stairs leading to the Level
3. Communication services in form of Telephones are interspersed throughout
Airlines operating from Liverpool airport
||Aer Arann, Aer Lingus,
easyJet, Euromanx, Flybe, MyTravel Airways - Charter Flights, Ryanair,
VLM Airlines and Wizz Air. TNT Airways serve as efficient cargo carriers.