Liverpool airport to offer charter flights to Madeira

Hotel News - 14/02/2011

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Charter flights are to resume at Liverpool John Lennon airport. The flights to the Atlantic resort island of Madeira are to operate in May and October this year.

It has been almost two years since charter flights last operated out of the airport. Nick Smillie, head of sales for airport owner Peel Airports, said the flights are expected to be popular, which should encourage the airline to boost services through Liverpool John Lennon airport next year.

Atlantic Airways, which flies on behalf of Atlantic Holidays, is to offer the flights on 16 May and 24 October. Atlantic Holidays is the UK’s biggest specialist operator of tours to Madeira, a Portuguese island located in the Atlantic Ocean.

Dino Touli, sales and marketing manager at Atlantic Holidays, said the company was very happy to bolster its operations with services through Liverpool John Lennon Airport. He added that the company was confident the island of Madeira would be very popular with people who live in the airport’s catchment area.

Mr Touli went on to say that the company would re-position a Monarch Airlines Airbus A320 for exclusive use on this Atlantic Holidays route. In the past, Liverpool John Lennon airport offered regular charter holidays via Direct Holidays. The rapid growth in budget airlines proved too much competition for the charter sector, however.

Robin Tudor, speaking for the airport, said Liverpool John Lennon airport would this year have no charter programme of its own because, as also happened last year, so many people had been arranging their own breaks using discount carriers like Ryanair and easyJet. He did say, howeer, that the airport probably handles more holidaymakers between May and October than at any other part of the year.

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