Liverpool Airport

One plane waits on the ground at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, while another plane comes in for a landing.Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) is an international airport located approximately 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) southeast of Liverpool's city centre. Named after Liverpudlian and The Beatles singer John Lennon, the airport links Liverpool and the North West with destinations primarily in Europe. In addition to leisure travellers, it is also an important gateway for business travellers to the region.

Airport Information

Opened in 1933, Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the UK's oldest operational airports. Liverpool Airport handled over 4.5 million passengers in 2012, making it the tenth busiest airport in the UK. Liverpool Airport links the region to more than 60 destinations throughout the UK and across Europe with scheduled and charter flights. A major hub for low cost airlines, the airport has also established itself as a major gateway to the North West.

Liverpool Airport's Aspire Premium Lounge is designed to meet the needs of business travellers. The sophisticated and welcoming lounge offers a range of complimentary amenities and comforts, including premium drinks, hot and cold snacks, a wide selection of treats, newspapers and magazines, and Wi-Fi internet. The Aspire Lounge is located in the terminal's departure lounge and is open daily between 04:30 and 20:00. Other business amenities include convenient car rental services outside the terminal building, a travel exchange, and a Fast Track service through security (available for an extra fee).

Business Amenities and Venues

A number of business hotels are located close to Liverpool Airport. The modern Hampton by Hilton is a short walk from the terminal building and features an adjacent car park. The 160-room hotel includes three conference rooms and a 24-hour business centre with secretarial services. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, complimentary breakfast and baggage storage, and is just a 15-minute drive from the city centre. The Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel has transformed the airport's former 1930s art deco terminal building into a world class hotel. Opened in 2001, the hotel boasts a full-service business centre and eight fully-equipped and professional conference and event rooms. Other hotels that offer comfort and good value close to the airport include a Holiday Inn Express and Premier Inn.

Getting There

Liverpool Airport is accessible using the M53 or M56 motorways and the A533. The M57 or M62 also link the airport using the Kowsley Expressway. The airport is within a fifteen minute drive of the city centre. Liverpool Airport is served by bus and coach stops, including Arriva bus services to the city centre. Direct bus services connect passengers to rail services, including Liverpool South Parkway station two miles from the airport and Liverpool Lime Street station in the city centre. Taxis and pre-booked private hire vehicles are also available for airport pick up and drop off. Car rental agencies offer a wide range of vehicles for hire, including luxury cars from leading makers. The car rental centre is located across from the terminal building.

Fly in fly out Business Meetings

In addition to conference facilities at nearby airport hotels, Liverpool Airport is equipped for short business meetings and conferences. Although there are no dedicated meeting rooms, the airport's Aspire Premium Lounge is available at a fee (£19.95 walk-up and £17.49 pre-booked per person, per stay, as of March 2014). Groups can also book the Aspire Lounge, although groups of more than seven people must pre-book their visit.

Nearby airport hotels offer a range of options for meetings, conferences and short business stays. The Hampton by Hilton features meeting rooms for up to 30 people depending on the layout used, ranging in size from 221 square feet to 480 square feet. The Crowne Plaza offers conference rooms of between 19 and 345 square feet. An ideal venue for business meetings, the Holiday Inn Express features three bright meeting rooms designed to accommodate up to 40 people.