9 December 2013
The latest edition of the fabulous FoLA Newsletter, 09/27 - 127 has now been distributed to Members
The issue features Memories of Concorde, a look at Lomac, Pushback Procedures and much more besides!
29 July 2013
Over a dozen FoLA members were pleased to be able to assist the Airport with the handling of passengers on the annual pilgrimage flights to Lourdes on 26th July. On what is the eighty-third annual Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes three special flights carrying pilgrims and helpers left from Liverpool John Lennon Airport today. The flights this year were operated by two Boeing 737s of Europe Airpost (F- GIXE and F- GIXB) and an RJ85 aircraft of CityJet (EI- RJZ). FoLA members gave assistance to the elderly, infirm and wheelchair bound passengers to disembark from their coaches, check-in, pass through security and to board their aircraft. The Pilgrims are due to return on Friday 2nd August 2013. Pilgrims leaving for Lourdes and other passengers were entertained in the Terminal building by members of the Liverpool Signing Choir pictured. The Liverpool Signing Choir is a unique city wide, inclusive, diverse choir based in Liverpool. Its priority is to perform the beauty of sign language through the universal media of music whilst encouraging social inclusion. The young people of the choir come from all walks of life some of whom are profoundly deaf and their ages range from 7yrs to approximately 24yrs. The choir are part of the Airport’s continuing Fun-Fridays—This was their second visit and they are due back during the Christmas period.
5 April 2013
Some photographs from today's launch party for the new Norwegian service between Copenhagen and Liverpool -
FoLA Tour Guides --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Little Mermaid human statue plus glamourous Viking
Special Cake for the occasion ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jan Molby being interviewed by BayTV
The Danish Consulate, Jan Molby and Matthew Thomas -------------------------------------------------------------- Norwegian Boeing 737-800 LN-DYW just about to touch down on 09
LN-DYW comes on to stand -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jan Molby and Matthew Thomas pose for photos with the crew
4 February 2013
Friends of Liverpool Airport (FoLA) Annual Members’ Dinner
Pictured above (left to right) Janet Keen, Kath Keen, Steve Pearse and Martin Keen (EQ)
The FoLA annual members’ dinner was held on Friday 1 February 2013 at Woolton Golf Club, Doe Park, Liverpool.
The guests of honour at the event were Martin Keen together with his wife Janet and his mother Kath Keen (wife of the Late Jim Keen), pictured above with FoLA’s Chairman Steve Pearse.
To mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Keenair Company at Liverpool Airport by Martin’s father Jim Keen back in February 1963, Steve Pearse presented Martin with a framed print of a photograph showing Jim taken during the original Opening Ceremony and Flying Display held at Liverpool Airport on 1st July 1933.
The Keen family, including Mrs Keen senior, have since 1963 been continuously involved in the operation of various aviation services including the operation of the Liverpool Flying School and Aero Club and Keenair which provide aircraft engineering, charter and other facilities at the Airport’s General Aviation Centre.
A raffle for various prizes was held during the evening and the proceeds of £113 will be donated to the North West Air Ambulance charity.
7 January 2013
Change in leadership at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
New routes, new agreements, new airline and new CEO ahead in 2013.
Vantage Airports UK, the company that owns Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA), today announced a change in leadership at JLA.
Outgoing CEO, Craig Richmond, will leave the post on 1st March 2013 to take up a senior position within the Vantage Airport Group network in Cyprus. Incoming CEO Matthew Thomas is currently Commercial Director for the Vantage Airport Group, having held a number of senior airport positions both in the UK and internationally.
“This is an exciting time for Liverpool John Lennon Airport,” said Richmond. “There were a number of announcements made towards the end of last year, including new routes from Ryanair and easyJet and the signing of a long term deal with Wizz Air. We also came to an agreement with Norwegian - Europe’s third largest low cost airline that will see them commence flights from Liverpool for the first time, with a service to Copenhagen in the spring.” Vantage Airports UK is the new name for the partnership between Vantage Airport Group and The Peel Group which jointly own Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The new branding aligns the Company more closely with majority shareholder Vantage Airport Group, an industry-leading investor, developer and manager of airports around the world.
The rebranding is also linked to the formation of a new subsidiary company, Vantage Air Traffic Services (Vantage ATS) which provides Air Traffic Services for Liverpool, Doncaster Sheffield and Durham Tees Valley Airports.
The distinctive branding for Liverpool John Lennon Airport remains unchanged.
Please also see our Meetings page for Tuesday 8th January meeting
19 December 2012
Liverpool John Lennon Airport are celebrating the news today that a new airline will be starting from Liverpool next year with a new route to add to the Airport’s list of 60 destinations.
Europe’s third largest low cost airline, Norwegian have announced today that they are to commence a three times weekly service from Liverpool to Copenhagen, starting on 5th April 2013, with a convenient lunchtime departure from Liverpool at 13:55 and one way fares from only £33. Norwegian is a public low-cost airline noted on the Oslo Stock Exchange and has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East. In May 2013 it commences long-haul flights from Scandinavia to the US and Asia. As one of Europe’s fastest growing low cost airlines, management at JLA are excited that Norwegian have chosen Liverpool as their latest airport to operate from, having worked hard for some time to develop this new business. The airline has seen significant growth in recent years, carrying almost 16 million passengers in 2011 and currently operates 68 aircraft on 330 routes to 120 destinations. Norwegian's fleet has an average age of less than 5 year and the company currently has 280 aircraft on order. Flights between Liverpool and Copenhagen are expected to be popular for both leisure and business passengers adding another exciting city break destination from Liverpool. Copenhagen is an attractive short-break destination famous for its many designs, modern architecture and some of the best Art Museums in Europe. The city is one of Europe's oldest Royal Capitals with an international and continental feel. The route is expected to be equally as popular from Copenhagen too, with visitors from the Danish capital taking advantage of direct scheduled flights to Liverpool for the first time. The City has been popular with Scandinavians for some time, visiting in large numbers for leisure breaks and particularly popular with football fans travelling over to watch Liverpool and Everton matches. Craig Richmond, CEO Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, “This is tremendous news for the Airport and the region. Norwegian are one of the up and coming low cost airlines in Europe and this is a very positive statement of the progress we are now making to develop the portfolio of airlines and destinations here at Liverpool.” Both cities have so much to offer visitors and this new route should be equally popular with passengers travelling to both cities.” Norwegians Communications Manager Åsa Larsson added, "We are very excited about adding Liverpool to our growing route network from Copenhagen. We will be the only operator between the two cities and are looking forward to flying both Danish and English customers inexpensively and comfortable in our brand new aircraft with free WiFi".
18 December 2012
Ryanair has given Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) an early Christmas present by announcing a further commitment to their Liverpool operation with news that they are to add a new route to the Mediterranean island of Malta for Summer 2013.
Flights will commence at the beginning of the airline’s Summer season on 31st March 2013, operating three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Seats on the new route from Liverpool to Malta will start from £37 and are on sale now at www.ryanair.com
Passengers in the North West now have even more choice with 40 destinations on sale from Liverpool with Ryanair. Today’s news follows the low cost airline’s announcement in the Autumn that they would be committing to more flights to their Liverpool network, adding services to Zadar (Croatia) and Lublin (Poland) for next Summer and increasing frequencies on a number of popular existing services. Malta is a popular holiday destination with sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history and a route that the Airport expects will be popular with passengers across the region.
Robin Tudor, Head of PR for Peel Airports added, “It’s great to see flights to Malta available once again from Liverpool. It’s an island with tremendous history and culture and Ryanair's latest addition to their services from here will give the region's passengers more destinations to choose from at JLA with some great low fares to this Mediterranean destination.”
6 December 2012
easyJet, the UK's largest airline, has announced two new routes from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA), with services to Nantes and Newquay starting in Summer 2013.
Flights are now on sale with Newquay in Cornwall becoming easyJet's fourth domestic route from JLA, while Nantes becomes the airline's fifth French destination available.
Easyjet now have 29 destinations on sale from Liverpool. Flights to Newquay will commence on 4th July 2013, operating three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Flights to Nantes will commence on 5th July 2013 operating twice per week on Mondays and Fridays.
See press release on LJLA website for further details:
easyJet - new routes
3 December 2012
Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline connecting Western and Eastern Europe has today signed a five-year agreement with Liverpool John Lennon Airport which will see the continuation of Wizz Air’s established Liverpool route network for the next five years.
The use of cost and time efficient airports is crucial to Wizz Air and management at Liverpool John Lennon Airport are experts in providing best in class service and efficiency, combined with the lowest possible cost base to the low cost airline market. This has been an attractive combination for Wizz Air, who is committed to offering the best value for money for their customers. Wizz Air currently operates to four Eastern European destinations from Liverpool; Warsaw, Gdansk and Katowice in Poland and more recently to Vilnius in Lithuania.
Around 1.3 million passengers have travelled with Wizz Air through Liverpool since selecting it as their 2nd UK base in late 2004. Wizz Air’s low-cost flights have continued to prove particularly popular with Polish communities across the North of England, whilst the success of this year’s Euro 2012 football championships co-hosted by Poland is expected to see the numbers of visitors from the UK to Poland increase.
27 July 2012
Lourdes Pilgrimage Flights
The Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage by air returned home to Liverpool today on board two special flights, operated by a B737 of Europe Airpost (F-GIXD) and an A321 of Air Mediterranee (F-GYAN) –pictured below
20 July 2012
Lourdes Pilgrimage Flights
FoLA Assists Lourdes Pilgrimage Flights – 20th July 2012
Over a dozen FoLA members were pleased to be on hand to assist the Airport with the annual pilgrimage flights to Lourdes on 20th July.
The Pilgrimage was led by the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly Archbishop of Liverpool on what is the eighty-second annual Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Over 300 pilgrims left by air today from Liverpool John Lennon Airport on two special flights operated by an A321 of Air Mediterranee (F- GYAP) and an E190 of Flybe (G-FBEI). FoLA members gave assistance to the elderly, infirm and wheelchair bound passengers to disembark from their coaches, check-in, pass through security and to board their aircraft.
The Pilgrims are due to return on Friday 27th July 2012.
Archbishop Patrick Kelly and some of the helpers (EAQ)
July 10th 2012
UK's Air Passenger Duty (APD)- message from the Airport
You may already be aware that the UK's Air Passenger Duty (APD) is the highest air passenger tax anywhere in the world. Over the last year Liverpool John Lennon Airport has been involved in a number of initiatives designed to bring the damaging impact of the tax to the attention of policy-makers and the travelling public. Recently a major new initiative was launched by A Fair Tax on Flying alliance, of which we are an active member,designed to demonstrate to MPs the strength of feeling about APD amongst travellers and the industry. In order to succeed, the campaign needs help from as many people as possible.
On behalf of the airport, we'd like to ask for your help in supporting this campaign too, by simply going to the website www.afairtaxonflying.organd entering your postcode. This then automatically sends an email to your MP.
I have already done it and it literally takes just 15 seconds to do. The campaign's goal is for thousands of people over the next few weeks to send an email to their MP to demonstrate the strength of feeling around APD. I would ask that you do the same if you too believe, as I do, that APD is having a damaging impact on our competitiveness, exports, inbound tourism,economic recovery and growth. I would encourage everyone to visit www.afairtaxonflying.org and make your voice heard.
A Fair Tax - please click: Fair Tax
Many thanks for your support
1 July 2012
FoDSA Members visit to LJLA on its 79th Anniversary
FoLA was pleased to welcome a group of 33 members from our sister organisation the Friends of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (FoDSA) who came over by coach to Liverpool on Sunday 1st July, for a full day visit to LJLA on what was the 79th anniversary of the opening of the Airport back in 1933. After a welcome reception from FoLA members complete with an Airport 79th birthday cake in the Cavern Suite, the visitors were given a tour of the terminal building including the opportunity to explore the recently opened new Aspire Executive Lounge and the new Kissing Gate and the Estuary Grill restaurants airside. After lunch airside the group enjoyed a visit to see the Air Traffic control operation in the Control Tower at LJLA which also provides the ATC services for Robin Hood Airport at Doncaster and a mystery tour of South Liverpool including the old terminal and some Beatles related locations.
To view Friends of Doncaster Sheffield Airport site click:FoDSA
FoDSA visit LJLA - 1st July - on Liverpool Airports 79th birthday (SFP)