Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has set out its vision of future development and continued expansion of its business through to 2030 and to 2050 with the launch of its updated Airport Master Plan as part of a four week public consultation.
The airport has ambitious plans to serve more destinations including long-haul, with passenger forecasts indicating the potential to grow passenger numbers from 4.8 million passengers per year in 2016 to 7.8 million by 2030, and to 11 million by 2050. These increases will require investment in a proposed expansion of the terminal building, additional car parking, passenger facilities including hotels, retail, food and drink services and a potential extension of the runway.
There is also significant potential to grow cargo operations to LJLA, to attract specialist aviation businesses and develop a cluster of related high quality employment opportunities.
Mark Povall, Strategy Director for Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented: “Our ambitious plans will help LJLA to maximise its contribution to the regeneration and renaissance of Liverpool as an international city and play a key role in the economic growth of the Liverpool City Region and across the Northern Powerhouse.”
The Master Plan also considers the environmental effects of the proposals and includes measures to ensure that adverse impacts are identified and wherever possible mitigated. Despite the increased activity, the overall impacts of noise on surrounding areas is expected to be reduced as improvements in aircraft technology result in quieter aircraft and more focused flight paths.
The Master Plan will create opportunities for new employment space and an extension to the existing Speke Garston Coastal Reserve along the Mersey shoreline.