John Lennon Airport, Liverpool

Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport is a large, international airport, serving both the city of Liverpool, and the North West of England in general. Passengers will find a good selection of shops, amenities and hotels at Liverpool Airport, and the airport offers flights to a wide range of destinations worldwide.

The airport was formerly known as RAF Speke, before being converted for domestic and international commercial usage. It is located around 7.5 miles southeast of the city centre, close to the River Mersey estuary.

Named after the famous local musician John Lennon, the airport has been one of the UK’s fastest growing airport in recent years; increasing dramatically from a total number of 689,468 passengers in 1997, to a staggering sum of 5.47 million by the year 2007.

The old terminal building was built in the 1930s, and remained in constant use until recently. The new terminal was built in 2002, and the former building was converted into the Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel – now one of the main hotels at Liverpool airport, along with the luxurious Hampton by Hilton Hotel.

Officially opened in 1933, the airport did well in its formative years, before being taken over by the Royal Air Force for the duration of World War II. During this time it also hosted the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, and a monument on the grounds commemorates the airport’s contributions to Britain’s war effort. In fact, one of the war’s most famous air fights took place above the airport, when Flight Lieutenant Denys Gillam took down a Junkers 88 in his damaged Hawker Hurricane.

Nowadays, thanks to the increasing number of domestic flights around the UK, Liverpool Airport is a popular destination for anyone flying from the South, to North East England. From here it is just a short transfer to any cheap hotel Liverpool centre, making this a popular destination for internal as well as overseas flights.

Boasting an illustrious military history combined with a dedication to one of England’s musical heroes, Liverpool John Lennon Airport is a far cry from the stereotype of bland, characterless airports that you might be used to finding elsewhere.


December 5, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destination Tips

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  1. Long Island Wine Country Hotels

    Hello Mzine,
    I take your point, has any one actually took a taxi from liverpool south parkway trainstation to liverpool john lennon airport? if so how noticeably is the expenditure approximately? lots of thank you.
    Wishes

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