Passenger number at Liverpool John Lennon Airport took off in 2016 with its busiest December in over seven years.
Total figures for the previous year stood at over 4.8 million – an increase of 11% compared to 2015 and the highest levels for five years thanks to a busy Christmas.
The festive period saw expectations exceeded with the Speke terminal experiencing its busiest December since 2009 as over 340,000 passengers used the airport.
LJLA has seen a growth in passenger numbers, airlines and services throughout 2016.
Passenger numbers have increased every month now for almost two years compared to the same period the year before, with almost 500,000 more passengers choosing to use the airport last year compared to 2015.
Complementing the growth in traffic has been the ongoing investment to improve passenger facilities and further raise customer service levels.
Liverpool has also continued to be one of the best airports in the UK for ‘on-time performance’ with more scheduled flights departing on time than the majority of other UK airports.
Andrew Cornish, CEO for John Lennon Airport, said: “2016 was a great year for the airport and our busiest in recent years.
“We really appreciate the support of the region’s travellers, who are taking advantage of the increased choice of destinations and operators from their local airport.
“We truly are faster, easier, friendlier and by delivering a great customer experience we have seen positive passenger feedback at an all-time high, setting us firmly on track to achieve our vision
“Together we will create the airport our region loves.”