LJLA celebrates 90 years of operations

Tomorrow will be the 90th anniversary of the opening of Liverpool Airport and to celebrate, a number of activities will be taking place across the Airport throughout the day.

It was on 1 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.

Tomorrow’s celebrations will include the placing of a time capsule in the terminal, to be opened in 2058 on the Airport’s 125th Anniversary, a big birthday cake in the Departure Lounge with cupcakes for passengers to enjoy, whilst listening to a birthday DJ who’ll be playing popular songs throughout the day. Birthday messages from a host of local well-known faces and business organisations will appear on social media on Saturday too.

In addition, popular aviation YouTube channel, Airliners Live, will be staging a special livestream from a vantage point overlooking the airfield to start at approximately 11am.

The Beatles arriving at the airport in 1964

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.

The converted farmhouse that was originally used as the Airport terminal, was soon replaced in the late 1930’s 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 Faster, Friendlier, Easier passenger experience that the Airport has become known for.

Tom Woods, LJLA’s Digital Marketing Executive who has organised Saturday’s celebrations commented, ”This weekend we’ve got a programme of activity, both in the terminal and online, to celebrate 90 years of Liverpool Airport. 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.”

Mother Theresa arriving at the airport in 1996

Main image: One of the original airport signs from 1933

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