Liverpool John Lennon Airport wants to extend runway to handle transatlantic flights

Liverpool John Lennon Airport wants to extend its runway so it can handle larger aircraft.

The airport has revealed its masterplan for 2050 – including an extension of the terminal building, more car parking and more jobs in cargo handling.

The airport to the west of Liverpool wants to increase passenger numbers from 4.8 million per year in 2016 to 7.8 million by 2030, and to 11 million by 2050.

The current runway is too short for even the newer smaller long-haul aircraft, so LJLA wants to extend it by 314m, taking it to 2,600m.

All plans will go out to consultation from Monday on their website.

Mark Povall, Strategy Director for Liverpool John Lennon Airport said: “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.

“We hope to listen to the views of local residents, passengers and stakeholders who will benefit or be impacted by our future plans.

“All comments made during the consultation period will be carefully considered and will inform the final Master Plan, which we hope to publish later this year.”

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