Liverpool Business News - Tony McDonough

Passenger numbers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) are recovering strongly post-pandemic and are up to 78% of the last pre-COVID year.

LJLA has also agreed a deal with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to defer repayment of £30m of a £34m lifeline loan agreed in the summer of 2020 at the height of the pandemic.

In the last few weeks the airport has published its annual accounts on Companies House for the year to March 31, 2022. They cover a period when the aviation sector was still severely affected by the global COVID crisis.

They reveal passenger numbers for the 12-month period of 1.6m. This is down on the last pre-COVID annual figure of 4.8m passengers for the year to March 2020. However, it was a big improvement on the worst-hit COVID year to March 31, 2021, when they fell 89% to just 535,117.

Now LJLA has told LBN that, for the 12 months to March 31 this year, a period when it was still very much in the recovery phase, it handled 3.77m passengers. This is a year-on-year rise of more than 135% and equates to 78% of the total for the last pre-COVID year.

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