A public consultation into the new long-term vision for growth at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) will get underway on Monday (26 June).
An updated Airport Master Plan is being set out, highlighting development and expansion ambitions through to 2030 and 2050 which could transform the transport hub.
LJLA has plans to serve more destinations including long haul, with passenger forecasts indicating the potential to grow passenger numbers from 4.8 million per year in 2016 to 7.8m by 2030 and 11m by 2050.
Investment into a proposed expansion of the terminal building, additional car parking, a potential runway extension and enhanced passenger facilities including hotels, retail and food and drink outlets would be required to accommodate the rise in numbers.
Meanwhile potential to grow cargo operations has also been highlighted, with an aim to attract specialist aviation business and develop related high quality employment opportunities.
It’s believed that investments in physical infrastructure at the site could also increase total annual GVA impact to £625m, which would enable the airport to support 12,280 jobs across the Liverpool City Region by 2030.
Mark Povall, strategy director for LJLA, says: “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.”
“We aim to be the Airport of choice for business and leisure travellers from across the North West and North Wales by growing the range of destinations, expanding our passenger facilities and continuing to offer a ‘Faster Easier Friendlier’ service to all our customers.”
“Through our growth we also want to continue to be good neighbours. We are holding a series of consultation events to explain the physical changes proposed under the Master Plan to 2050, and to reassure communities that noise controls and improvements in airline technology will ensure an overall reduction in the areas impacted by noise from airport operations.”
The public consultation, which will run for four weeks until 24 July, will help to inform the final Airport Master Plan which LJLA aims to publish later this year.
During the consultation the draft Airport Master Plan will be available to view online and drop-in events will also take place by the airport’s John Lennon Statue on 29 June as well as at Hale Youth Centre in Hale Village on 8 July.