The fantastic Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the UK’s oldest operational and fastest growing airports. Originally called Speke Airport it started scheduling flights in the 1930’s. However, it wasn’t until 1933 that it was officially opened.
In 1933 after the official opening, a passenger terminal and aircraft storage facility was installed because of the high demand for air traffic to and from Liverpool, with Irish Sea crossings being one of the most popular.
During the Second World War, the airport was taken over by the Royal Air Force and Speke witnessed what is thought to be the fastest air to air combat kill in the Battle of Britain.
A new runway was opened in 1966 on a new location just south of the existing airfield, and it enabled the airport to be open for business around the clock to bring a lot more business and tourists to the city.
In the late 1980’s the passenger terminal was closed down and a new, more modernised terminal replaced it. In addition to this control of the airport was taken over by Merseyside Council.
In 1990 Liverpool John Lennon Airport became privatised with British Aerospace taking over 70% of shareholding in the new company. Furthermore, in early 2000 there was a project development in place to increase the size and capacity of the airport to create new options and possibilities. With around 42 million pounds put into the development of the airport, a new modern passenger terminal was completed in the year 2002.
Later in 2002 the airport was renamed in honour of John Lennon, twenty two years after John Winston Ono Lennon was assassinated by Mark David Chapman.
Overlooking the check in-hall stands a 7ft bronze statue of John Lennon and featured on the airport’s roof is a line from Lennon’s famous song Imagine – Above us, only sky.
The popularity of Liverpool John Lennon Airport has increased dramatically over the past few years and business is looking excellent. More than 10 airline companies now operate from Liverpool airport including; Easyjet, Flybe, MyTravel, Ryanair and Aer Arann.
The airport is readily accessible by the M53 and M56 motorways via the A533 / Runcorn Bridge and the M57 and M62 motorways via the Knowsley Expressway to the north of the airport.
The airport does not have its own railway station but the nearby station – Liverpool South Parkway provides regular shuttle bus services to and from the airport.
Map of John Lennon Airport and Surrounding Areas
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