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Old 6th Apr 2010, 13:57
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Talking Would you believe it??

From today's Manchester Evening News

Not an April Fool joke either!

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Women try to smuggle body on to flight

April 06, 2010
Two women from Oldham tried to smuggle a dead relative on to a plane at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The corpse was pushed in on a wheelchair – complete with sunglasses – to try to fool staff at the check in desk at JLA.

But as his two companions attempted to check him in for a flight to Berlin on Saturday, staff became suspicious and alerted the authorities.

The two women were arrested after their bizarre attempt was uncovered.

It appears that the 91-year-old German national had died a day earlier, and an attempt was being made to smuggle his body back to his homeland.

A source said: “The airport staff at the check in were not happy with the situation.”

A 44-year-old woman and a 66-year-old woman are currently being questioned “on suspicion of failing to give notification of a death”.

The family hail from Oldham, and successfully managed to transport the body from their home to the airport by taxi.

The driver is said to have been left 'upset and devastated' by the ordeal.

The curious turn of events occurred at around 11am on Saturday.

The body of the man was placed in a wheelchair, his eyes covered by sunglasses, and when tentative enquiries as to his wellbeing were made, his companions insisted he was merely asleep.

But further investigation revealed the elderly man was in fact already dead.
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Old 14th Apr 2010, 09:42
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For the fifth consecutive month Liverpool has shown positive increases in passenger numbers.

The March increase was 18% to 425,000 passengers.

The increase for the first three months of this year is 15%, comparing it to 2009, and the airport is targeting the record high figure of 2007 for the this years end of year total.
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LIVERPOOL John Lennon airport has passed a security inspection by its main operator Easyjet with flying colours.

Almost two weeks ago, the no-frills airline demanded extra security staff and equipment after claiming dozens of passengers were missing flights due to delays in security queues.

Easyjet, which accounted for 2.33m passengers at JLA last year, said more resources was the solution.

But JLA, which is currently developing a new security area as part of a £12m terminal upgrade due to open in June, disagreed.

After meetings between the two companies, airport chiefs have decided to add more scanning machines and increase the level of its security personnel in an attempt to resolve the row.

Now peace has broken out after a site visit by a team of Easyjet high-flyers, including a tour of security queues during the airport’s busiest early- morning departures period.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: “Following our recent criticism, senior officials from Easyjet met with Liverpool airport’s management team on April 9 to discuss security arrangements as we move into the summer season and towards the airport’s new security hall opening on June 29.”

She said the Easyjet team reviewed a “first wave” departure – the morning peak flow of passengers through check-in and security.

She added: “We were happy the speed of the security line was back to acceptable levels.

“The airport has achieved this by increasing the number of available screening machines from five to seven, with a consequent increase in security staff.

“At these levels, we are confident our passengers will have a good airport experience.”

Easyjet also discussed the airport’s plans to integrate its new security facilities into operations during the peak summer travel period.

Paul Simmons, Easyjet’s regional general manager, said: “Following our recent comments, we had a very positive meeting with the airport on security arrangements over the next few months.

“We are satisfied the airport now has plans and resources in place to deliver a good service for our passengers.”

Liverpool JLA spokesman Robin Tudor said: “The airport team has spent much time in recent weeks investing in new equipment and additional staff, and as a consequence was able to address previous issues associated with security queues as a result of large increases in the numbers of passengers now using the airport.

“We have worked with Easyjet staff locally and at their head office, and are pleased they, too, recognise the improvements made.”

More good news for Liverpool Airport.
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...good news for the shopkeepers too!

You can't buy much when you're stuck in the queue on the stairs.

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International passengers

Liverpool is the third biggest airport, in terms of international passenger totals, outside of London in the UK behind MAN and BHX.
The above claim was made in the easyJet thread and rather than go off topic I thought I would raise it in the Liverpool thread.

I'm not trying to engage in a 'look who's got the biggest bits' contest but am interested in the figures to back up this claim.

A perusal of CAA statistics for the calendar year of 2009 shows Liverpool handled 4.879 million passengers (table 01) of whom 800,673 were domestic (table 10 2), so presumably the remaining 4,079 million were international.

In the same period Bristol handled 5.615 million passengers of whom 1,108,392 were domestic, so presumably the remaining 4.507 million were international.

Edinburgh handled 9.043 million passengers of whom 4.907 million were domestic, so presumably the remaining 4.136 million were international.

On these figures Bristol handled over 400,000 more international passengers in 2009 than Liverpool and Edinburgh handled over 50,000 more international passengers than Liverpool. The next busiest non-London airport for international passengers after Liverpool appears to be East Midlands with just over 4 million in 2009.

The above figures relate to terminal passengers. In addition Bristol dealt with over 27,000 transit passengers, with the Liverpool and Edinburgh totals being 5,000 and 6,000 respectively (table 02 2) but there are no CAA tables that I can find that break these down into domestic and international, but they are a small proportion of the whole anyway.
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Firstly, it should have read international scheduled passenger traffic.

Secondly, I did not realise that the 2009 stats are out, Give me some time and I will update the 'list'.
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Old 6th May 2010, 12:03
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The list:

Manchester - 10,114,753
Birmingham - 5,741,336
Liverpool - 4,034,967
Edinburgh - 3,942,151
Bristol - 3,581,598
EMA - 2,839,701
Glasgow - 1,987,386
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Thank you for the clarification.
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... you are welcome. Good to 'speak' to someone from near my ancestral home.
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Firstly, it should have read international scheduled passenger traffic.
So you have now narrowed it down even more.

Really, what is the point on this?
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what is the point on this?
Could easily ask they very same of you.

MerchantVenturer asked me a question and it was answered, it very simple.
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I guess the point is that for an important category of the market - international scheduled traffic - LPL is number 3 in the UK outside of London. I find that very interesting fact and so do Easyjet it would seem. In fact since LPL doesnt have non European (maybe some North Africa) I wonder what share it has of UK Provincial European Scheduled which is its primary market?
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Would be interested to know where it was in terms of actual passengers through the airport. Not just international, or scheduled or whatever other bit of spin. But actual numbers
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Terminal passengers 2009 excluding Heathrow and Gatwick.

Stansted 19,950,499
Manchester 18,630,614
Luton 9,115,976
Birmingham 9,093,735
Edinburgh 9,044,337
Glasgow 7,213,545
Bristol 5,615,327
Liverpool 4,880,098
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Would be interested to know where it was in terms of actual passengers through the airport. Not just international, or scheduled or whatever other bit of spin. But actual numbers
As I said earlier in this thread, I would guess 9 or 10.
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Thanks a lot. That settles that for me.

Very interesting indeed, 10th most busy in the UK, as I thought. Cheers TSR2
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Wizzair is to terminate Prague from 11th May. Pity to see another W6 route to disappear from LPL.
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Flight cancelled on Sunday evening, then on Monday morning...

50 minutes to check in with easyJet, 40 minutes to get through security.

I thought things had improved at LPL?

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LPL's security is nearing on a joke at peak times. One staircase to get to security is ridiculous.
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You well know that its all about to change.
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