Reading previous reviews I'm not surprised by the slow security queues and the packed-out waiting areas as this IS a small airport. I travelled in the early morning however (I think it was about 8am flight) and went through with no problem - baggage, security and the waiting room were all fine.
I booked the flight online and paid for parking online too, which as it happens was unnecessary, and cost me a couple of pounds more than if I'd just turned up, but I wanted to make sure I got a space as I was leaving my car overnight.
I only wish I'd allowed myself more time to shop ;)
The worst airport experience of my life - and there have been some pretty bad ones (Read my review of Frankfurt airport).
Liverpool John Lennon airport. Where to begin? Maybe with the drop-off and pick-up area. You are forced to take a ticket and use the carpark area. Admittedly this is free for the first 10 minutes, but it's still annoying.
Once inside, I went to drop my bag off (I did web check-in). The Easyjet bag drop-off point, although it looked open, had no staff. The check-in queue looked like it'd take about an hour, and as I was in a rush I went to the premium (or whatever they call it) desk. The girl was very nice and took my luggage. So far so good.
I had been warned that the security queue was slow and long, however with checked-in luggage I felt safe that they wouldn't want to take off without me, so I thought I'd try the standard system. They do have an express queue that you can use for £3, so the terrible normal experience is a cynical ploy.
As I got to the queueing area, looking at the amount of people and the speed of the queue I estimated 15 minutes. I also noticed that they were calling forward people whose flights were leaving shortly. Happily after 10 minutes my flight was called. I made my way past about 20 people, went around the corner and joined the back of another huge queue. Ah...
Here there was another queue at least as long as the first one and another opportunity to buy yourself into the fast lane. 15 minutes later we reach a third turn and some stairs. Here I took a photo to illustrate. It took a further 15-20 minutes from this point.
For this whole stupid process alone I have to give Liverpool John Lennon airport the worst possible rating. I seriously cannot understand the thinking behind the policy. Yes, they earn the odd £3 from people who hate queueing, but they annoy thousands of others. In the end they probably also lose out financially too. Just think: Of 100 people wasting 1 hour each in a queue, how many would spend money in the air-side shops? Probably quite a lot. However, after the 1 hour queue, most people have to run straight to board their planes and can spend no time in the shops. I personally went straight from security to my gate and arrived there 5 minutes after the stated closing time...
Stupid, annoying, stupid policy.
After all that, we had to walk outside and queue in the freezing rain to board our plane. Great.
Avoid Liverpool John Lennon airport if at all possible. It just isn't worth it.
Ahhh, John Lennon airport. So called, by the way, because one of his songs contains the line 'above us only sky' (which begs the question why they've not named an elevator after Steve Tyler yet, but that's another issue for another time). This is a very strange little airport indeed, and one which at the moment appears to resemble a building site more than an international terminus. Whilst I intended to spend as little time there as possible on my way out, it felt as though the fair staff of Liverpool John Lennon airport had other ideas.
Their security queue is what I imagine Stalinist bread queues were like in the former Soviet Union. It goes on forever until you slowly feel the will to live being sapped out of you. We almost missed our flight because the person x-raying our bags decided to have a tea break whilst checking that we weren't carrying any incendiaries down our trousers. And I had a finger put down my bra by a female security guard, which was possibly the least sexiest experience of my time on this earth.
If you can avoid using this airport when you're jetting out to sunnier climes, then do so. Well, unless you like having your boobs groped by unsmiling border guards that is.
This airport is small but perfectly formed. I hear from friends that it was much more sensible to travel to Manchester International to visit overseas destinations but once Ryanair AND Easyjet chose to set up operations here things are so much better. No more travelling to Manchester or down to London to fly to Europe!
The airport terminal was only built a few years ago and because of its home in Liverpool is obviously chock-full of Beatles memorabilia - check out the yellow submarine out the front!
I've not experienced any delays in travelling from here, but if something did go wrong then there are plenty of pleasant places to wait until take off.
Make sure you get your photo taken with the famous statue of John Lennon, unveiled by his widow, Yoko Ono!
I'd rather go to Manchester, given the choice, it's a lot closer and much, much bigger. But that said, I'd consider Liverpool Airport to be my second choice, and to be fair it has a lot going for it.
It's fairly straightforward to get to and to get away from. It's favoured by the low-cost airlines, so there's often a deal to be had. It's main carpark is right on site and cheaper than Manchester tends to be.
Renamed officially by Yoko Ono as The John Lennon Airport, it has a great statue of the man overlooking the check-in lounge. Don't spend too long having your photo taken there though, or having a leisurely coffee round the corner - get yourself into the departure lounge as soon as possible. I think the place is just busier than it was intended too and getting through security is slower than anywhere else I've been. They've re-done the shops in the departure lounge now; I can't tell you if they're any good as I've always been running for my flight by the time I've got to them.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is a small but pretty average airport. Whenever I've been through it has been busy. There are a fair number of check in desks, but unfortunately the low cost airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet seem to only have one queue even though they have several desks each. This can be especially annoying if you are running a little late for your flight as you have to queue alongside those waiting for flights in 2 hours time. However this seems to be an airline policy rather than specific to John Lennon Airport. Before you go through security there is a Wetherspoons, burger king, a food court, boots, superdrug and a couple of touristy looking shops. Once through security there isn't really much more, just boots, WH Smiths, ritazza, a small food place, starbucks and a bar.
It's easy to get to and from the airport from Liverpool or Manchester city centre by bus (numbers 500 and 700 respectively).
Currently undergoing refurbishment so things can be a bit manic at peak times. It is a fairly modern airport with the usual layout. Check-in desks are always very busy so do on-line check-in where possible. Security is nearly always busy, but in these days of high security it is only to be expected.
Once you make it through security there is enough in the departure lounge to keep most people busy for about an hour. The departure gate areas are lacking in seats but they normally don't announce a gate til boarding time anyway.
Room for improvement but one of the better airports.
Leaving the country was easy, coming back was horrendous, the queue seemed to go on forever, and it was so slow!
The airport facilities are very good, but give yourself at least 60 minutes between touch down and leaving the airport.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is named of course after John Lennon from The Beatles. Inside the airport there is even a wonderful statue of the famous musician and like many people you can have a friend take your photo next to the lovely statue.
The airport is only a regional one and so smaller than many other airports in the UK and as a result it mainly offers cheap flights by budget airlines (although sometimes you are much better getting a flight from main-stream airline, as by the time these 'budget' airlines have added all the additional extras, such as extortionate rates for checking in luggage. Also don't forget to preprint your boarding passes or else they will bill you again and you will end up paying through the earth!)
There are buses that can take you from the city centre and to many other places to and from the airport and of course there is also a car park, but again beware as the charges have gone up considerably!
This airport could be so much better with some thought and money injected into it.
The airport itself overall is ok but the standards inside are lacking. I know its only small but that doesnt excuse it from being grubby, worn and basically filthy in areas.
We used it during the summer and were shocked to see tables laden with rubbish, the toilets had rubbish piled up and were not exactly spotless either. The glass partition between the seating area and where you walk to and from gates was completely filthy on the sides and the top of the glass. Whats the point of a beautiful glass feature if it isnt kept shining?
We were bitterly disappointed especially it being the Capital Of Culture Year, we thought the airport would be a statement to the city as a whole and be a showpiece for all those travelling through it to visit Liverpool this year.
We actually felt ashamed that for all the fuss of the Capital of Culture the airport could display itself in such a poor way.
On a plus the shops are ok and bars etc reasonable seeing as its only small, there is not enough seating though.
I dont think we would chose to use Liverpool if Manchester had the same flight choice to be honest unless we knew it had cleaned itself up.
I fly from this airport about 3 timer per year, and I like it. Is a medium sized airport with lots of parking (and VIP parking). It can be a bit unpleasant when there is a lot of people waiting for their planes, I would recommend they expand the capacity. It's got a few shops like very airport with expensive items, and travel essentials, a book shop, a bar, a few clothes retailers. It also has a prayer room which is really a nice place to just chill before your flight (and load your laptop battery). It's OK, but I prefer Manchester Airport for sure. Oh, it has a 'fossil trail' and a statue of John Lennon to, which makes it just a bit more interesting.
Liverpool airport is smaller then other ones in the north, but it is still very busy. A lot of cheaper airlanes use this airport so there is no problem to get to overseas destinations. There are some shops and cafes. As for me, the biggest problem is (always) a massive queue before getting to the departue area. It is that bad becuase people have to wait and queuing on the staircases! However, the overall experiance is ok.
I think John Lennon airport is quite good. It's incredibly similar to Bristol Airport which I've used a lot over the past few years. It is clean and modern but the waiting area needs to be made a lot bigger to cope with the amount of flights coming in and out. All the gates are in one place and there is just not enough room to move about and sit down. When it's really busy you have nowhere to sit. It's good for a small airport though.
Whilst this airport is small and compact compared to it's neighbour at Manchester it reduces all the hustle and bustle. I have flown from the Airport a number of times using low cost Airlines to go to Europe and have have had a relaxing time on each occassion. There are a small number of shops, fast food oulets and a Wetherspoons before you go through to the department lounge. Once there you are then greeeted by the usual small numer of shops, W.H. Smith's, etc, coffee shops and a bar. I have always left the car at the Airport which again has proved hassle free, payment being made n my credit card which is then enetered into the machines at the car park which gives you access. For me personally I would have no objections from flying from this airport.
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