LJLA unveils ambitious plans for future growth
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is to set out its vision of future developments and continued expansion of its business through to 2030 and to 2050 as it launches its updated Airport Master Plan as part of a four week public consultation which starts next week.
The Airport has ambitious plans to serve more destinations including long haul, with passenger forecasts indicating the potential to grow passenger numbers from 4.8 million passengers per year in 2016 to 7.8 million by 2030, and to 11 million by 2050. These increases will require investment in a proposed expansion of the terminal building, additional car parking, passenger facilities including hotels, retail, food and drink services and a potential extension of the runway.
There is also significant potential to grow cargo operations at LJLA, to attract specialist aviation businesses and to develop a cluster of related high quality employment opportunities.
The investments in the Airport's physical infrastructure has a potential to increase total annual GVA impact to £625 million, and will enable it to support 12,280 jobs across the City Region by 2030, benefitting the wider Northern Powerhouse too.
The Master Plan also considers the environmental effects of the proposals and includes measures to ensure that adverse impacts are identified and wherever possible mitigated. Despite the increased activity, the overall impacts of noise on surrounding areas is expected to be reduced as improvements in aircraft technology result in quieter aircraft and more focused flight paths.
The Master Plan will create opportunities for new employment space and an extension to the existing Speke Garston Coastal Reserve along the Mersey shoreline.
Mark Povall, Strategy Director for Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, "Our ambitious plans will help LJLA to maximise its contribution to the regeneration and renaissance of Liverpool as an international city and play a key role in the economic growth of the Liverpool City Region and across the Northern Powerhouse."
"We aim to be the Airport of choice for business and leisure travellers from across the North West and North Wales by growing the range of destinations, expanding our passenger facilities and continuing to offer a Faster Easier Friendlier service to all our customers."
"Through our growth we also want to continue to be good neighbours. We are holding a series of consultation events to explain the physical changes proposed under the Master Plan to 2050, and to reassure communities that noise controls and improvements in airline technology, will ensure an overall reduction in the areas impacted by noise from airport operations.
"We hope to listen to the views of local residents, passengers and stakeholders who will benefit or be impacted by our future plans. All comments made during the consultation period will be carefully considered and will inform the final Master Plan, which we hope to publish later this year."