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Recently renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport in honour of one of the cities favourite sons, Liverpool Airport is located just over seven miles from the centre of the Liverpool itself in the Speke area, next to the famous River Mersey. Formerly an RAF Base – RAF Speke – Liverpool Airport actually began life as commercial airfield, something of a rarity with provincial airports, when in 1930 scheduled flights began from Speke to Croydon, then London’s major airport. Very soon after Liverpool Airport took advantage of demand for flights across to Ireland, and the first terminal building was built before the end of the 1930’s. Incidentally, this building still exists and is now a hotel adjacent to the airport.
After use by the RAF in the war Liverpool Airport resumed commercial flying immediately after the end of the war, and it is interesting to note that the airport remained the busiest in the area – ahead of the now much bigger Manchester Airport – until the early 1950’s.
Nowadays Liverpool Airport offers a wide variety of destinations and operating airlines and is used by almost five million passengers a year, putting it at the outer fringes of the top ten busiest airports in the UK – no mean feat when your near neighbour is number four in the list – with flights to Rhodes, Paris, Stockholm and others among its available routes, yet Belfast remains the main destination for the most passengers that pass through Liverpool Airport's gates each year.
Well appointed and with excellent road and shuttle bus links, Liverpool airport continues to be a busy and popular airport with a bright future ahead of it.