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Local, friendly, fab
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL)
Member Name: mmepapillon
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL)
Advantages: Small and easy to navigate
Disadvantages: Changes to flights depending on the season, few flight information screens
I absolutely love John Lennon Airport.
The airport is found at about a 20 minute drive from the city centre and is very easily reachable by car, bus and train (although the airport does not have a train station itself, but does run regular buses from the nearest rail stations). A taxi would also get you there with no bother and would probably cost around £10 - £15 from the city centre itself. The bus stops are located right outside the main doors so it is very easy to take a bus, and further more there is a vast amount of very cheap parking space (although you may have to hunt for a space or a little while). I recently chose to park over taking a taxi as it was only £30 for a full week. All car parking is within easy walking distance of the airport, and is very easy to pay for. I would recommend booking online prior to your trip as advance bookings often carry a hefty discount.
The airport itself is very small but very impressive with a huge range of flights all over Europe and other parts of the world throughout the day and night. (These do alter depending on the season so certain flights only run at certain times of the year which can be frustrating.) Once you are through the glass fronted entrance, the check in desks are right infront of you together with toilets and other useful services. There are also always plenty of staff around to help. Everything is very clearly signposted and easy to navigate. I think the fact that the airport is small makes it feel quite local and takes a lot of pressure of your journey as there are not many places to get lost, and there are more staff on hand to help. Furthermore you never have to make your way through hoards of people and holiday makers making your trip slightly more pleasant and relaxing.
Security is also easy to find, although the last time I went the security area was being redeveloped so wasn't as easy as usual, however there was little disruption to my journey and there were plenty of friendly staff ready to direct and help you.
After security there is a range of shops, bars, souvenir shops and duty free gift halls all offering reasonably priced purchases and restauration. The airport is definitely not short of coffee! These are all very relaxng and make your time in the airport very enjoyable indeed.
With regards to gates and boarding, these are both also very efficient and easy to use, although gates and boarding times are not announced over the tannoy. You have to rely solely on the screens displaying flight information. These can be very small and are few and far between, so make sure you get there early with plenty of time to check. This is probably the only downside to the airport. The airport makes up for this by having its own little features such as fast track boarding for as little as £2.50. If you are pushed for time, or do not want to deal with holiday makers, this is ideal and well managed. Staff are always very friendly and on hand to help also.
As I said at the start, I absolutely love this airport, with its little northern quirks (such as the yellow submarine located outside) and Liverpudlian charm. I definitely try to choose this airport over many of the other well known ones in the country as I always have a pleasant experience when I am there.
Summary: Above it is definitely only sky - my first choice of airport!
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