TRANSFORM - Summer 2017

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T homas Cook Airlines took off from LLA for the first time in May, marking the arrival of the 14th airline at the airport and the 14th new route this year. The new route serves the Greek island of Corfu, operating every Sunday throughout the summer season. LLA already offers flights to over 130 destinations and is continuing to expand its route network as part of its current transformation project. Simon Harley, Head of Business Development at LLA, said: “As one of the UK’s longest-serving tour operators, Thomas Cook brings a legacy of excellent customer service and uncompromisingly high standards – Thomas Cook joins LLA

True Blue success

B lue Air has launched its fifth route from LLA with flights to Romania’s second biggest city Cluj-Napoca – the unofficial capital of Transylvania. The four-times weekly service joins the airline’s routes to the Romanian cities of Bacau, Bucharest and Ia ș i, Larnaca in Cyprus and Turin in Italy. The Romanian based carrier now operates 37 weekly flights to LLA and is the airport’s fastest growing airline, flying more than 205,000 passengers in the first six months of the year, an increase of 44% on the same period last year. Simon Harley, LLA’s Head of Business Development said: “We’re delighted to share in the success Blue Air has enjoyed at LLA. The airline continues to go from strength to strength and we look forward to working with them as they continue to grow.”

exactly the qualities we look for in an airline partner. As we continue to grow our route network during our transformation, Thomas Cook will help us to ensure that passengers enjoy the best possible experience when they travel with us.” James Burrows, Aviation Director at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: “We’re proud to be joining LLA at this exciting point in its history. We’re looking forward to welcoming all the passengers who will be flying from LLA with us this summer.”

J ourney times to LLA have been drastically improved with the opening of the new dual carriageway, drop- off zone and taxi area. The new road layout, which was completed in May this year, has resulted in a much more predictable journey time for staff and passengers, and also much safer segregation of pedestrians and vehicles. The construction of the dual carriageway in a live airport environment has presented a number of challenges for contractor Whitemountain. Senior Engineer Brian Fegan said: “Ordinarily the road would be closed for the work to take place. We can’t do that here. We’ve not only had to keep the road open throughout the work, we’ve also had to keep the Mid-Term car park open, as well as the bus stop and the Holiday Inn roundabout.” Extensive excavation was needed to remove embankments on either side of the tunnel. Two giant underground tanks were also installed to help disperse rain water draining down from the airfield. Each tank is 60m long, 18mwide and 2m high – larger than an Olympic sized swimming pool. Each tank is placed at a depth of 4m underground. A pedestrian crossing has been installed on Airport Way meaning, for the first

Improving access

time, passengers can now access the Mid-Term car park on foot. LLA’s Construction Director Ruari Maybank said: “The completion of the new road layout is a huge achievement. It has been an extremely complex project which has involved a lot of logistical planning. The completion of the dual carriageway and the new road layout marks a pivotal point in the redevelopment, transforming access to the airport.” Despite the complexity of the project, it has an impeccable safety record with zero reportable incidents. “THE COMPLETION OF THE NEW ROAD LAYOUT IS A HUGE ACHIEVEMENT.” Ruari Maybank, Construction Director

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Record demand from passengers

New dual carriageway and road layout significantly improves journey times to LLA

7.5 million use LLA between January and June

I t’s been a bright start to the year for passenger growth at LLA with 7.5million people using the airport from January to June – a 14% increase on the same period last year. LLAhas nowenjoyedmore than three years of continuous passenger growth withmonthly passenger numbers steadily increasing from just under 1 million in January to 1.5million in June. To meet the soaring demand, LLA is making the biggest single investment in the airport’s history to increase annual capacity by 50% to 18 million by 2020.

Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said: “It’s fantastic to see another six months of outstanding growth at LLA. Our investment will enable us to offer not only a more relaxing and enjoyable airport experience, but also an ever-widening variety of destinations. Whether flying for business or leisure, LLA can offer options for all budgets, and we’re making the airport easier to reach than ever as we improve road links and public transport access.”

New dual carriageway in numbers

30,000m³ earth moved

3,500 tonnes of tarmac laid


Summer 2017


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