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Liverpool John Lennon Airport - IATA:LPL, ICAO:EGGP
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Liverpool John Lennon Airport is located within the City of Liverpool, 7.5 miles southeast of the centre of Liverpool. It is situated next to the River Mersey.

It is named after the Liverpudlian musician and singer-songwriter, John Lennon who was one of the founder members of the Beatles.

The airport serves Liverpool and the North West of England. Apart from domestic services, there are flights to European destinations, the Near East, and North Africa.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is the thirteenth busiest Airport in the UK (2019).

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Approach - 119.855
Radar - 118.455, 119.855
Tower - 126.355
Ground - 121.955
ATIS - 124.330


History
The airport was officially opened in 1933 on the grounds of Speke Hall and was called 'Speke Airport'. A distinctive terminal building, control tower, and two large hangars were built by the late 1930s.

During WWII it became RAF Speke and Bristol Blenheims, and Handley Page Halifaxes were built here in a shadow factory. Lockheed Aircraft Corporation also assembled many aircraft including Hudsons, and Mustangs which were shipped to Liverpool Docks and flown from here. The airport was also home to the Merchant Ship Fighting Unit.

At the end of the war, civil airline operations resumed and in 1961, the City took ownership from the Ministry of Aviation. Speke Airport hosted a very poular annual air display in aid of the Soldiers, Sailors, and Air Force Association, a charity for veterans. In 1966, a new 7,500ft runway was built on a new site to the southeast of the existing airfield. In the 1970s, ownership passed to Merseyside County Council which later became the five Merseyside Councils. In 1986, a new modern passenger terminal was built and the original 1930s buildings were closed shortly after. The old terminal building became a hotel which opened in 2001 and preserved its Grade II Art Deco style and the old apron has been retained in original condition and is also listed. It is now home to several aircraft which are preserved by the Jetstream Club.

In 1990, the airport was privatised, and British Aerospace took a 76% stake, and in 2000, the ownership of the airport passed to Peel Holdings Ltd. In 2002, a modern passenger terminal was completed which tripled passenger capacity. Also, in 2002, the airport was renamed in honour of John Lennon and a bronze statue of him can be found overlooking the check-in hall. In 2005 the Yellow Submarine, a large-scale work of art, was installed on a traffic island at the entrance to the airport.

In 2006, the airport began long-haul flights but were abandoned in the next year. In 2007, work was completed on the reconstruction of the main runway and taxiways. April 2014 saw 'The Peel Group' having a 100 per cent ownership of the airport. Future plans include expanding the airport significantly with new terminal buildings and the introduction of permanent long-haul services.

Getting to Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is conveniently located within the Merseyside road network and lies close to the M57, M62 and M56 motorways. The Sat Nav postcode is L24 1YD.

The nearest station is the Merseyrail Hunts Cross at 2.2 miles away, which is served by a direct bus service to the airport by the Arriva North West 89 service. Merseytravel replaced Garston and Allerton stations with Liverpool South Parkway at 2.9 miles from the airport at a cost of £32 million. Regular bus services, 80A & 86A operate between the Airport and the station, operated by Arriva North West.

Regular bus services link the airport with surrounding urban areas. Most buses that run to the airport are operated by Arriva North West, they connect local urban areas to the airport such as St Helens, Bootle, Halewood, Runcorn, Widnes, Huyton, Garston and Liverpool City Centre Liverpool One bus station Arriva operates a 24-hour 86A service to the airport from Liverpool city centre via Penny Lane and Liverpool South Parkway. Merseytravel also runs a service from the airport (3A/3B) which terminates at Huyton Industrial Estate, the service is operated by HTL Buses. In 2018 ArrivaClick commenced servicing the airport.

Taxis are a popular mode of Public Transport on Merseyside. Liverpool houses England's largest hackney carriage fleet outside of London and the city is also home to some of the world's largest Private Hire Operators.

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