Dalglish, Rush, Gerrard, Barnes, Fowler... Liverpool is a city famous for its football. However, when looking to describe the recent fortunes of its John Lennon Airport (LJLA), Klopp, Houllier, Shankly and Benitez have nothing on former Crystal Palace manager, Ian Dowie. In taking the London side from the cusp of relegation at Christmas 2003 to winning promotion to the Premier League the following May, Dowie often spoke of his team’s “bouncebackability”. It’s this that has typified the airport’s post-COVID response.
Prior to the pandemic’s outbreak, the hub had recorded more than half a decade of solid growth, both financially and in terms of passenger numbers. More than five million passengers passed through the hub in 2018 and 2019, however this dropped starkly as lockdowns and travel restrictions were rolled out across the UK and further afield.