A guide to Liverpool’s John Lennon airport

LPL International airport serves the city of Liverpool as well as the entire region of North West England, comprising the counties of Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and North Wales, among others. Its only terminal building was first built in 1930 and named after the Liverpool-born globally acclaimed musician and peace activist John Lennon in 2001, from then onwards undergoing constant remodelling and improvement works that continue today with the aim of expanding the facilities even more and increasing the number of operations.

The very first passenger terminal as we knew it in the old days is currently the building that houses the Crowne Plaza Liverpool Airport hotel, and Beatles fans from all over the world consider the rest of the air travel hub as a mandatory stop where they can pay tribute to their idols by visiting a bronze statue of John Lennon, see rare pictures of the band or take a picture in front of a yellow submarine which reminds us of one of their most popular songs.

Flights to Liverpool in England

Although the range of international operations handled from LPL is not a vast one, it does boast good connections to destinations in Ireland, European cities and several airports in Northern Africa. Some of the main originating points include Rome Fiumicino in Italy, Amsterdam Schiphol in the Netherlands, Lisbon in Portugal, Belfast in Ireland, Marrakech in Morocco, Paris Charles de Gaulle in France, Berlin Schönefeld in Germany and Tenerife South in the Canary Islands, Spain. You can check the available seasonal and scheduled flights to Liverpool offered by the following airlines to see if the fit into your travel plans: Blue Air, Easyjet, Flybe, Ryanair, TUI, Wideroe and Wizz Air.

How to get to Liverpool airport

In order to travel from Liverpool airport to the city (approximately 12 kilometres away) or take the reverse journey, there are several ground transportation methods that have proved effective and convenient in terms of commuting fast and affordably.

Firstly, the Arriva North West 500 Express Bus connects Liverpool airport and the downtown area with regular services throughout the day. If your final destination is other than the city, trains departing from Liverpool South Parkway railway station can take you to a wide variety of cities in England; in order to arrive at the train station from the airport, take bus 80A, 86A or the aforementioned 500 Express route, which makes a stop at the railway station for passengers transferring to a train.

Business travellers normally opt for booking an Arriva shared van through their mobile app, a fully customisable and comfortable experience that allows them to be picked up at Liverpool airport, share their transportation means with other travellers, pay a fixed fare electronically before travelling and even charge their mobile devices and use the WiFi during the commute.

Alternatively, know that the Easybus service also operates to and from Liverpool airport in England. So as to confirm whether it can take you to your accommodation in Liverpool, you are advised to visit their website.

VIP lounge in LPL airport

There is an Aspire Premium lounge for passengers going through Liverpool airport, which is located in the departures concourse after security, on a lower level. You can purchase an access pass to the lounge regardless of the airline you are flying with and the category of your plane ticket, thus being able to spend your waiting time before boarding in an exclusive area where you can relax and indulge in complimentary refreshments and drinks. It stays open from 4:30 to 20:00 every day of the week.

Shops and restaurants in Liverpool airport

An excellent selection of stores and dining outlets guarantee that there is nothing lacking in the facilities of Liverpool airport. For instance, before you even head for the check-in counters, you can stop by the SPAR supermarket and convenience store for some last-minute shopping. The upper level of the departures concourse is home to a Boots Pharmacy, an Accessorize store and a souvenirs shop. World Duty Free is present both in the upper and the lower retail floors of the departures zone, along with Dixons Travel, among others.

To grab a last bite to eat or enjoy a pre-flight hot meal, go to the British Pub known as “The Kissing Gate” –after security-, Frankie & Benny’s Italian restaurant or Joe’s Coffee House, while the finest coffee and bubbliest drinks are found at the Cabin Bar and Caffé Ritazza, both on the airside.

Hotels near Liverpool International airport

Should you need to stay overnight in LPL airport, or if you simply want to stay close to the passenger terminal to ensure you won’t miss your flight, you can always book a room in a hotel near Liverpool International airport. We recommend the easily accessible Hampton by Hilton John Lennon airport hotel.