Lee Cross examines the evolution of easyJet’s 20-year partnership with Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
In early 1997, Liverpool Airport was served by a handful of airlines, operating primarily domestic routes, together with a few inclusive tour flights. Passenger numbers had been in decline and, in 1996, just over 600,000 people used the facility.
However, one airline saw Liverpool’s potential. Low-cost carrier easyJet had started operations from London/Luton in 1995 and was looking to open a second base. The facility had courted the airline from its earliest days and, after negotiations, daily flights to Nice and Amsterdam launched on October 26, 1997.