Image: Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) this month celebrated the 90th anniversary of the opening of Liverpool Airport in July 1933.

It was on 1st July 1933 that the Airport was officially opened with Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the Secretary of State for Air, declaring the Airport officially open at a grand civic ceremony, followed by one of the largest civil air displays seen at the time. Celebrations of the anniversary included the placing of a time capsule in the terminal, to be opened in 2058 on the Airport’s 125th Anniversary and popular aviation YouTube channel, Airliners Live, staging a special livestream from a vantage point overlooking the airfield.

Liverpool was one of the UK’s first airports and at the forefront of aviation in the region for many years and there has been a lot of change over the past nine decades both in terms of levels of business, the location of the terminal building and the runway.

Art deco

The converted farmhouse that was originally used as the Airport terminal, was soon replaced in the late 1930s by the famous art deco terminal building and control tower, which has since become a hotel.

Today, passengers use the terminal that was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2002 and which has since undergone further developments to give the millions of passengers that now use it, the sophisticated passenger experience that the airport has become known for.

Tom Woods, LJLA’s Digital Marketing Executive who organised the celebrations commented: “It’s a fantastic occasion and a great opportunity to celebrate nine incredible decades.”

“It is important that we take the time to properly mark occasions like this and pay homage to all of the passengers and staff that have helped make the airport a great place to work and travel from over the years.”

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