easyJet commence Greek summer sunshine flights to Zakynthos from LJLA

easyJet, the UK’s largest airline today celebrated the launch of its new route to the Greek island of Zakynthos from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA).

 This latest addition to easyJet’s Summer 2015 line up of destinations departs from Liverpool each Thursday lunchtime throughout the Summer and the airline is expected to fly 6,000 passengers between the destinations annually.

 easyJet now has 30 destinations on sale from Liverpool having carried over one million passengers from here last year and this new route compliments the airline’s mix of City and holiday destinations already operating from Liverpool.

 Zakynthos is the most southerly of the Ionian Islands and one of the most popular Greek islands for holidaymakers.

 Mark Povall, Director of Air Service Development for Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, “Zakynthos is a great summer holiday destination and this new service now gives passengers from across the region the added convenience of being able to fly direct from their local airport.

 “This new service will see increased numbers of passengers travelling from Liverpool in 2015 and a further growth in easyJet operations here.”

 Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager said, “We’re delighted to be adding Zakynthos to easyJet’s range of destinations from Liverpool. It’s really exciting to be here to see our first flight depart today and highlights our commitment to providing affordable routes to summer destinations from Liverpool but will also benefit inbound tourism to the city.

 “Our Greek routes are proving extremely popular for those who wish to get some easy and affordable summer sun, and we’re sure that our new route and our 30th destination from Liverpool will be a success.”

 Photo caption:

Captain Dave Eadon, with the Greek flag, ahead of the easyJet inaugural departure to Zante.

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 (L to R) LJLA’s Operations Director Colin Swaine, with easyJet Cabin Manager Simon Wallace,  Flight Attendant Helen Johnson and Ali Gayward cutting the ribbon on easyJet’s first flight to Zante from Liverpool.

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Joe’s Coffee House lands in Liverpool

Attention coffee lovers, there’s a new place in town. We are proud to announce the arrival of Joe’s Coffee House on the 30th April! For those of you who haven’t experienced Joe’s before, it’s a coffee house specialising in warm welcomes and hot coffee – perfect for our ever-growing departure lounge.

Months of planning have gone into the launch and everyone is pretty excited; when one of our travellers takes the first sip of Joe’s barista-made coffee and sits back in one of Joe’s comfortable chairs, it will have been worth the wait.190314_Joes_052

The beauty of Joe’s Coffee House is, well it’s not just ALL about the coffee – there’s more to it than that. A short period of relaxation before your flight can now be accompanied by freshly-baked pastries, delicious sandwiches, warming soups, soothing stews and deep-filled jacket potatoes.

Not a coffee-lover? Not a problem – Joe’s has got you covered here too – smoothies and juices are very much a part of the coffee house game and if you’ve got a sweet tooth, it’s packed with treats. After something a bit stronger? Joe’s has a wide range of beers, wines or even a chilled martini to get you in the holiday mood.

It’s often easy to forget that your holiday very much starts when you get to the airport – it’s the beginning of the journey and it’s there to be enjoyed. Now a Joe’s Coffee House has finally come to Liverpool, you have yet another reason to arrive in good time, relax and enjoy the moment. You’re guaranteed a warm welcome and an array of beaming smiles at Joe’s, but it’s the coffee that will keep you coming back.

Thomson and First Choice to introduce new Palma, Majorca route for summer 2016

Thomson and First Choice are pleased to announce that in summer 2016 they will introduce a brand new Thomson Airways route to Palma, Majorca from Liverpool John Lennon Airport offering Thomson Cruises holidays to customers from the North West.

The move to introduce the route is part of the UK’s leading holiday company’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations. The new route will go on sale on the 23rd April 2015.

Customers travelling from Liverpool during summer 2016 will be able to join the Thomson Majesty sailing from Palma as it explores the Western Mediterranean, with the introduction of evening stays in Ibiza and Barcelona on the Catalan Promise itinerary.

Thomson Cruises will also be offering customers the chance to add a stay in Majorca for those looking for a cruise and stay experience. A range of alternative holidays will also be available from Liverpool from Thomson and First Choice.

Flights will depart from Liverpool on Tuesdays commencing on 3rd May 2016, operating for 26 weeks throughout the summer 2016 season, on board a Thomson Airways 189 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, said of the move: “Adding a flight to Majorca from Liverpool demonstrates our commitment to the airport and the local area. It’s great that we can give local customers the chance to take advantage of fabulous new itineraries on board the Thomson Majesty sailing from Palma next summer and allowing them to experience the cruise and stay programme. We know the new route will be well received and we’re excited to extend our cruise offering by making it easily accessible for those living in the North West.

“Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy and we hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.”

Andrew Cornish, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, “This is yet another significant announcement for the Airport as we re-establish a full season holiday charter product from Liverpool for the first time in 7 years.

There is huge demand for leisure holidays from our core catchment area. Today’s news means that the region’s passengers will now be able to start their Thomson or First Choice holiday with the added convenience of flying from their local airport.”

Upgrade to all inclusive for free for summer 2016

Early bookers for the summer 2016 season will benefit from a free all inclusive upgrade on selected sailings for all the Thomson Cruises ships, worth £199 per person per week.

Captain Thomas follows in Dads footsteps at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Thomas Smith at only two years of age has started to follow in the footsteps of his dad, Jonathon Smith an easyJet Captain based at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Playing daddy’s little helper for the day, Thomas climbed aboard an easyJet aircraft and donned a co-pilot uniform.IMG_2681
This was all part of a photoshoot to raise much needed funds for the new Alder Hey Hospital, “Alder Hey in the park”.

Alder Hey Hospital is very important to the family as when Thomas was born medical staff at the hospital undertook immediate surgery to save this brave young man’s life.

Thomas was born in November 2012 after an uneventful pregnancy. Soon after his birth, doctors became concerned with his circulatory system and he was rushed from Barrow in Furness by emergency ambulance to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. It was here the medical staff discovered a narrowing of the aorta which required immediate open heart surgery at 3 days old.

Proud father, Jonathon feels he owes an awful lot to Alder Hey hospital and has signed up to a charity trek around northern India, taking place in October this year, to support the development of new hospital.  Jonathon hopes to raise £3000 for the charity and raise awareness of both Thomas’ story and the thousands of other children whose lives have been saved by this phenomenal hospital.

If you feel you could support the cause in any way, big or small, then please find below the link to Jonathan’s JustGiving page. Alternatively, you can text a donation by texting JONS58 and the amount (£5, £10 or whatever amount you can) to 70070.
http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/J-SMITH3

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Flights from Liverpool to Prague with Czech Airlines

Ideal for couples seeking a romantic city break, or hens and stags ready for a party, the Czech capital has it all. Even better, you can now fly direct from Liverpool to Prague with Czech Airlines, complete with free baggage allowance, complimentary on-board meals and an all-inclusive price. The flights depart two times a week from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, offering an affordable, easy way to escape the daily grind.

The stunning city of Prague is a massive draw for sightseers with its gorgeous architecture, and visitors flock to Prague Castle. St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town Bridge Tower and the gateway to Charles Bridge.

Prague is also a top destination for hen and stag parties thanks to its amazing nightlife. The choice of bars and clubs is brilliant, with an excellent selection of live music, DJs and themed nights – perfect for anyone looking to dance the night away. There’s a great mix of beers, wines and cocktails on offer and many venues are within walking distance of the tourist hubs of Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.

For those looking for a more sedate evening after a day spent soaking up the culture, there are lots of restaurants to choose from. There are world foods aplenty, as well as lots of restaurants offering traditional Czech cuisine. Many dishes are served with dumplings known as knedíky, as well as noodles or rice. Soups are a mainstay of the Czech diet too, as is pork. Specialities to watch out for are guláš – a traditional stew – and karbanátek, which is a Czech burger – great to have with one of the local beers.

To find out more about the city of Prague and how to book your dream break, check out our destination page today.

Flights from Liverpool to Prague with Czech Airlines

Ideal for couples seeking a romantic city break, or hens and stags ready for a party, the Czech capital has it all. Even better, you can now fly direct from Liverpool to Prague with Czech Airlines, complete with free baggage allowance, complimentary on-board meals and an all-inclusive price. The flights depart two times a week from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, offering an affordable, easy way to escape the daily grind.

The stunning city of Prague is a massive draw for sightseers with its gorgeous architecture, and visitors flock to Prague Castle. St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town Bridge Tower and the gateway to Charles Bridge.

Prague is also a top destination for hen and stag parties thanks to its amazing nightlife. The choice of bars and clubs is brilliant, with an excellent selection of live music, DJs and themed nights – perfect for anyone looking to dance the night away. There’s a great mix of beers, wines and cocktails on offer and many venues are within walking distance of the tourist hubs of Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.

For those looking for a more sedate evening after a day spent soaking up the culture, there are lots of restaurants to choose from. There are world foods aplenty, as well as lots of restaurants offering traditional Czech cuisine. Many dishes are served with dumplings known as knedíky, as well as noodles or rice. Soups are a mainstay of the Czech diet too, as is pork. Specialities to watch out for are guláš – a traditional stew – and karbanátek, which is a Czech burger – great to have with one of the local beers.

To find out more about the city of Prague and how to book your dream break, check out our destination page today.

New flights from Liverpool to Bacau with Blue Air

Holiday makers and city breakers can now take advantage of direct flights from Liverpool to Bacau, Romania with Blue Air. The cheap flights depart Liverpool twice a week offering a convenient and affordable city break option, flying from the north west of England.

One of the cultural centres of Romania, Bacau sits at the foothills of the picturesque Carpathian Mountains and is connected to Transylvania – home to the fictional Count Dracula – by the Ghimeş Pass. As you’d imagine, the city is rich in history and culture making it a sightseer’s paradise.

Home to several theatres and orchestras, culture vultures will find plenty to do, while history and science buffs will be entertained by the Local History Museum and the Victor Eftimiu Astronomical Observatory. There’s even a puppet theatre to keep families amused.

When the sun goes down, Bacau has a great nightlife. There are restaurants galore where you can sample world food or indulge in some traditional Romanian cuisine. Specialities include a type of polenta called mămăligă and thin, crêpe-like pancakes known as clătite, which can be served with savoury or sweet fillings. Pork, meanwhile, is the meat of choice although beef and lamb can also be found on the menu. Romanian wine has a rich tradition and you should certainly try Fetească, Grasă, Busuioacă or Tamâioasă while in Bacau or, if you prefer beer, opt for a Romanian blonde pilsner.

After dinner, if you’re not off to the theatre, you can head to one of the many lively bars or nightclubs to party the night away.

For more information on Bacau and how to book your flights, take a look at our dedicated destination page.

New flights from Liverpool to Bacau with Blue Air

Holiday makers and city breakers can now take advantage of direct flights from Liverpool to Bacau, Romania with Blue Air. The cheap flights depart Liverpool twice a week offering a convenient and affordable city break option, flying from the north west of England.

One of the cultural centres of Romania, Bacau sits at the foothills of the picturesque Carpathian Mountains and is connected to Transylvania – home to the fictional Count Dracula – by the Ghimeş Pass. As you’d imagine, the city is rich in history and culture making it a sightseer’s paradise.

Home to several theatres and orchestras, culture vultures will find plenty to do, while history and science buffs will be entertained by the Local History Museum and the Victor Eftimiu Astronomical Observatory. There’s even a puppet theatre to keep families amused.

When the sun goes down, Bacau has a great nightlife. There are restaurants galore where you can sample world food or indulge in some traditional Romanian cuisine. Specialities include a type of polenta called mămăligă and thin, crêpe-like pancakes known as clătite, which can be served with savoury or sweet fillings. Pork, meanwhile, is the meat of choice although beef and lamb can also be found on the menu. Romanian wine has a rich tradition and you should certainly try Fetească, Grasă, Busuioacă or Tamâioasă while in Bacau or, if you prefer beer, opt for a Romanian blonde pilsner.

After dinner, if you’re not off to the theatre, you can head to one of the many lively bars or nightclubs to party the night away.

For more information on Bacau and how to book your flights, take a look at our dedicated destination page.

LJLA partner with Marketing Liverpool to showcase City Region to senior airline officials

Senior Management from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) are in Aberdeen next week with colleagues from Marketing Liverpool to promote the Airport and the Liverpool City Region to over 1,000 delegates at the 2015 Routes Europe aviation conference.

The event takes place from 12th – 14th April and is an annual gathering of Europe’s top airlines and airports and is seen as the meeting place for Europe’s airport/airline route development industry.

LJLA already has meetings with senior officials from 16 airlines confirmed. Often described as ‘speed dating’ for airports and airlines, airports have the opportunity to meet with airlines for 20 minutes before moving on to their next meeting.

Marketing Liverpool will have a stand at the conference to showcase all the attributes of the Liverpool City Region to delegates, whilst Liverpool FC have kindly provided their Champions League trophy to be put on display for delegates to view too.

The event is viewed as one of the most cost effective ways to build relationships with airlines from all over Europe and to promote the Airport and the city region to the aviation industry.

It was at last year’s event in Marseille that the Airport took the opportunity to meet with Romanian airline Blue Air for the first time. Further discussions and agreement followed, with the airline commencing a three times weekly service from Liverpool to Bucharest in December 2014 and a twice weekly service to Bacau which started last week.

Mark Povall, Director of Air Service Development, who will be attending the event commented, “It is important that we showcase not just the capabilities of the airport to airlines but what the Liverpool City Region has to offer too.

By working closely with our partners at Marketing Liverpool we can demonstrate the demand for new airline services linked to both business and leisure travel for both outbound and inbound markets.”

Chris Brown, director of Marketing Liverpool, said: “Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an extremely important asset to the city region’s aspirations to grow its economy. It has been striving to attract more routes and recent successes such as the new Flybe route to Amsterdam provide a massive boost to our visitor economy and inward investment prospects. However there is a lot more potential here and, together, we will use these wins as a springboard to create further opportunities, which is why our joint attendance at the forthcoming European Routes conference is so important.”