New LJLA route opens up South of France to passengers

Budget airline easyJet has added a new winter route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA).

Flights to Toulouse will commence from October 28, this year.

The new route forms part of the 16 new routes easyJet has put on sale across the UK this morning, including the airline’s historic 1,000th route.

Flights to Toulouse, in the South of France, will take off from Liverpool four times a week.

Ali Gayward, UK country manager, easyJet said: “We’re delighted to be adding another new route from LJLA to Toulouse.

“We now offer 32 destinations from the airport and have seen sustained expansion in recent months.

“Toulouse is a fantastic destination which will appeal to those seeking a short break or visiting friends and family.”

She added: “We continue to see an increased number of travellers looking to fly with easyJet on routes from LJLA and with affordable fares and a short flight time to the South of France, we’re confident that this new service will prove popular with those flying from the North West.”

Paul Winfield, director of aviation development at LJLA, added: “The service will be popular with passengers travelling to Toulouse and the South-West France region, and will provide a strong schedule for the business community, with operators such as Airbus located in Broughton.

“The opening of the Mersey Gateway bridge has opened up quick access to Liverpool John Lennon Airport from these catchment areas.

“It will be the fourth new service opened by easyJet from Liverpool during 2018, and we continue to work with easyJet to look at further opportunities from Liverpool.”

easyJet has flown more than 40 million passengers to and from Liverpool since opening the base more than 20 years ago.

Earlier this week LJLA was once again awarded a 5-star rating by the world’s leading air travel intelligence company, OAG, for flight punctuality.

With an on-time performance of 85.4% of flights running on time, the 5-star ranking represents excellent performance over a rolling 12-month period.

Liverpool remains the only airport in the North of England, and one of just three across the UK alongside Birmingham and Cardiff, to achieve a 5-star rating.

Globally, Liverpool is listed in the top 10% of airports.

Robin Tudor, LJLA’s head of PR and communications, said: “The airport has achieved the 5-star highest rating consistently for the past 18 months now and this is recognition for all the hard work by staff from the airport, airlines, handling agents and other companies working together to help flights operate on time.

“Liverpool now has an excellent reputation across the industry for on-time performance, which is important both to our passengers and to the airlines who choose to operate from here. We truly are the region’s faster, easier friendlier airport.”

Caroline Mather, marketing director at OAG, said: “To be ranked so highly against other global airports reaffirms how much progress the airport has made in recent years, both operationally, but also in its network to the local travellers.”