Budget carrier marks 50 millionth passenger milestone at LJLA

Paul Winfield, Ellie Jeffrey, Finn Graham, Ali Gayward

Budget carrier, easyJet, has marked carrying 50 million passengers to and from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) since it started operations there on October 27, 1997.

The airline offered flights to Geneva, Amsterdam and Nice, which continue to be amongst the most popular destinations from the airport.

Today, it is the airport’s biggest carrier, flying to 27 destinations, carrying two million passengers a year and basing seven of its aircraft at LJLA.

Throughout summer 2024 the carrier will offer up to 340 flights a week.

Over the past year easyJet has introduced new routes to three destinations from Liverpool to Enfida in Tunisia, Hurghada in Egypt and the Greek island of Corfu.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: “We are so proud to be in Liverpool marking a key milestone as we celebrate flying 50 million passengers to and from the airport.

“Our first flights from the airport took off for the first time over 25 years ago and since then we’ve been committed to Liverpool.”

Paul Winfield, Aviation Director for LJLA, said: “To welcome easyJet’s 50 millionth passenger is a major milestone for the airport and we’re naturally very proud that so many easyJet passengers have chosen to use Liverpool over the years, helping us to become a key airport for the UK and as a gateway for the North West and North Wales.

“EasyJet are the largest airline to operate from Liverpool and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them and grow their presence from here across city breaks, domestic and leisure markets.”

To mark the occasion easyJet surprised Ellie Jeffrey and Finn Graham, from Carlisle flying to Larnaca, with free easyJet return flights.