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Liverpool Airport Delay – Trouble with Airlines

About the Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is Liverpool’s premier airport, named after the legendary former Beatle. The airport even has a line from Lennon’s 1971 song ‘Imagine’ – “above us only sky” – as its slogan. John Lennon is also depicted in cartoon form alongside the airport’s name.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport had a good record for punctuality in the most recent figures revealed in September 2012. From April to June 2012, 91% of flights departed on time, which was up on the same time for the previous year by 3%. The criterion used was for flights that either left early, or were 15 minutes late. The average record for Britain’s main airports showed that 78% of flights were on time, which makes Liverpool one of Britain’s best when it comes to punctuality.

History of one of the busiest Airports in the UK

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an international airport, which is situated some 7.5 miles from Liverpool city centre in the southeast area of Speke. Between 1997 and 2007 there was a dramatic increase in passenger numbers at the airport, rising from just under 700,000 in 1997 to nearly 5.5 million ten years later. There has been a significant drop in passengers in recent years, with around a million less passengers in 2012 compared to the 2007 figure, most likely caused by the recent recession.
Before its current name (which was changed in 2001), Liverpool John Lennon Airport went by the name of Speke Airport, and the present location was first utilised for flights in 1930. The airport wasn’t opened officially until the middle of 1933 however, and by the end of the decade the airport was proving to be a popular method of travelling to and from Ireland. The name of the airport changed during World War II, and it became a key part of the British war effort as RAF Speke.

Flight Delays at Liverpool and What to do

Delays can occur on both departing and arriving flights at Liverpool, with many of the recently delayed flights involving Ryanair and easyJet. The busiest route from the airport is to Belfast, with approximately 450,000 people utilising this route. Being the busiest route it is common for flights to be delayed from Belfast, as well as other Irish cities such as Dublin, Cork. Flights to Malaga, Spain have also experienced delays in the past.

When flying from Liverpool or arranging to pick someone up, you should always check for current delays to avoid airport wait time. If flights are delayed, passengers should be aware of their rights and claim for compensation should their flight be deemed eligible.

Delay, cancellation, overbooking or missed connection flight? You are entitled to:

Short distance up to 1500 kmMedium distance up to 3500 kmLong distance from 3500 km
e.g. London – Edinburghe.g. London – Athense.g. London – Tokyo

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
250 €
3H Delay
400 €
1,500km – 3,500km
3H Delay
600 €
> 3,500km
3H Delay


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