What is FoLA?
Although the airport changed its name to "Liverpool John Lennon Airport" in March 2002, the committee decided, for simplicity, to retain our original name "Friends of Liverpool Airport" and the "FoLA" abbreviation. The membership was in agreement with this decision. However, FoLA supports the airport's decision to rename the airport.
Set up in 1980 by a small group of enthusiasts and people with a genuine
interest in the well-being of Liverpool Airport, it has grown beyond all our
expectations. We can now boast a membership of approximately 350 -
mostly from the Merseyside area but with members from all over the UK and
even one or two from abroad.
We have an open monthly business meeting at the Airport on the first
Tuesday in the month, with the meeting starting at 7.45pm. There is sometimes a
member of the Airport's management in attendance to give all the latest
information and answer any questions. It is normal for about 50 - 70
members to be present at the monthly meetings.
A quarterly magazine called "09/27" (the runway orientation) is sent out to all members and contains articles of news and other interesting features which, mainly, have a Liverpool John Lennon Airport theme. Members are encouraged to send in articles for the Editor's consideration. The Magazine's cover (all four sides) is in full colour and the inside normally contains about 40 pages including several black and white photographs.
We would be happy to send a sample copy of a previous issue of "09/27" to anyone who might be contemplating joining FoLA.
Please send a cheque or postal order (made payable to FoLA) for £1.50 to our Registrar, Edward Quinn, to cover the cost of postage and packing.
His address is 38 Hillfoot Road, Liverpool L25 0ND. Don't forget to include your own name and address!
To view a trial copy of our newsletter 09/27 - this may take a short while to down load due to the large file size
It is widely accepted that the original
idea of a friends organisation for our airport came from none other
than Liverpool's own comedy genius, Ken Dodd, way back in 1980.
To celebrate FoLA's twentieth anniversary, Ken was installed as our
Honorary President at a ceremony held on the occasion of our annual
dinner in January 2000. Needless to say he is an avid supporter
of the airport and FoLA is delighted to have him as our Honorary
The then FoLA Chairman Marshall Morris about to present Ken Dodd
with his Presidential windsock-assisted tickling stick!! (EQ)
Honorary Vice President
FoLA is delighted that the former Managing Director of the Airport, Mr Rod Hill, is our Honorary Vice President.
The Committee, which meets at least quarterly, are up to fifteen in number - Chairman, two Vice Chairmen, Hon Secretary,
Hon Treasurer, Magazine Editor and up to nine others. They stand for three years and must
then put themselves forward for re-election. A rotational system means
that five of the Committee retire each year.
Aims and Objectives of FoLA:
These are set out in our Constitution and form the basis of all our activities:
1.. To promote the use of, and need for, Liverpool Airport.
2.. To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of the Airport and its facilities.
3.. To educate public opinion and give advice and information about the Airport, the airlines and services offered.
4.. To promote civic pride in our local Airport.
How we do this:
These objectives are put into practice in a variety of ways and we will assist the Airport to develop its potential in any way that we are able to. For example we assist the Airport at travel shows and exhibitions either by providing extra pairs of hands or running the events ourselves. We set up exhibitions in factories and offices and help to keep the Airport in the public spotlight by correspondence and meetings with the press and media. Members regularly provide assistance to groups of special needs passengers passing through the Airport on Pilgrimage flights to Lourdes and other similar destinations.
Education and Tours:
Members of the Association staff the increasingly popular tours and educational activities offered by the Airport to schools, colleges and other groups by giving presentations at the Airport and elsewhere on the history, activity and services available.
Special Events and Trips for Members:
From time to time we have the opportunity to take part in events or trips. In the past we have been able to arrange flights on various aircraft including Concorde (gone but not forgotten!), BAe146, DC3 Dakota, Embraer 145, Fokker 50 and Dash 7 by chartering these aircraft. We have also utilised scheduled services for day trips/tours and weekend breaks to such places as Geneva, Chamonix, Lausanne, Isle of Man, Belfast, County Donegal and others using easyJet and Ryanair.
Concessions for members:
Members can obtain commission free foreign currency from the Travelex Bureau de Change at the Airport. Other concessions are announced in '09/27'.