LJLA will be Blue Air’s eighth European base and will see the airliner introduce four new services to Rome, Milan, Hamburg and Alicante.
These new services will complement Blue Air’s existing flights from Liverpool to three destinations in Romania. An additional 160,000 seats will be on sale for these new flights to and from Liverpool next Summer.
More importantly, the basing of a Blue Air aircraft at Liverpool will also create up to 35 new, direct, local jobs, with the task of recruiting and training employees for positions as pilots, cabin crew, engineers etc commencing immediately.
Blue Air’s CEO, Gheorghe Racaru, said: “Today is a historic moment for both Blue Air and the Liverpool City Region as we announce our eighth base at the airport, adding four routes.
“In fact, we are going to put three brand new destinations on Liverpool’s route map, by flying directly to the currently unserved cities of Rome, Milan and Hamburg, which are likely to be popular with customers travelling for both business and leisure.
“Additionally, we will offer the region’s passengers an increased choice with our Alicante service.”
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson added: “Liverpool John Lennon Airport is our gateway to the world and its success is hugely important to the present and future prospects of the City Region.
“This announcement is excellent news and more evidence of the growing confidence that airlines have in Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which is also reflected in growing passenger numbers.”
Blue Air has grown rapidly this year and is forecasting a 50% increase in passenger traffic across its network by the end of 2016 compared to 2015, reaching a new record high of 3.2 million travellers.