Ryanair celebrates 35 million passengers and 35 years at Liverpool

A view across a Ryanair 737 wing at sunset.
Bene Riobó, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Ryanair has marked a milestone in Liverpool, celebrating 35 million passengers in its 35 years of operations at Liverpool John Lennon Airport on June 1, 2023.

Ryanair was the first low-cost airline to operate at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, having operated its first commercial flight from Dublin Airport back in 1988, bringing low fares to Liverpool citizens and visitors.

A big summer at Liverpool

Ryanair already has big plans for the northern airport across the summer 2023 peak season.

In summary, Ryanair’s Liverpool Summer ‘23 schedule will deliver:

  • 1 new based aircraft (bringing the based fleet to 4 total)
  • $400m investment
  • 31 routes, including 4 new services to Ibiza, Madrid, Rome & Shannon
  • Operating over 255 flights per week
  • Increased frequencies on 7 routes to Alicante, Cork, Dublin, Knock, Paris, Reus & Tenerife
  • 15% capacity growth (compared to Summer 2022)
  • Supporting over 1,500 jobs, including 120 direct jobs
Ryanair line-up at Liverpool, 2013. Photo Credit: calflier001, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This summer, Ryanair will effectively operate its biggest ever summer schedule at Liverpool John Lennon Airport with over 255 weekly flights.

This spans 31 routes in total including new sunshine destinations like Ibiza and Madrid as well as increased frequencies on 7 popular Liverpool routes.

All in all, customers will be spoilt for choice when booking their summer ’23 getaways and driving invaluable inbound tourism for the region at the same time.


To celebrate 35 years and 35 million passengers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, as well as Ryanair’s record-breaking Liverpool schedule for Summer ‘23, the airline has launched a special seat sale with fares from £29.99 for travel until end of Oct ‘23, available from their website.

Ryanair comments

Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Jade Kirwan said: “We are delighted to celebrate 35 years and 35 million Ryanair passengers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, with our 35 millionth passenger departing this morning on our popular Porto route.”

“Ryanair has operated at Liverpool John Lennon Airport since 1988 and our record Summer ’23 schedule will not only provide Liverpool’s customers/visitors with an unbeatable selection of sunny hotspots and vibrant European city break destinations this Summer.”

“Particularly across Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Sweden where we operate exclusively to/from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, but will continue to promote important regional development through the support of over 1,500 local jobs.”

“To celebrate this phenomenal milestone, we have launched a special seat sale with fares from just £29.99 for travel until the end of Oct ’23 available only on Ryanair.com.”

Robin Tudor, Head of PR & Communications at Liverpool John Lennon Airport added:

“Ryanair were the first low-cost airline to operate from here and for 35 years they have been giving the region’s passengers the opportunity to travel to a host of popular overseas destinations.”

“This continues today as we gear up for the busy summer holiday period and look forward to welcoming thousands of Ryanair passengers over the coming weeks.”

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