New from 2007 Liverpool UK daily to NYC


May 8, 2006
Start spreading the news...New York, New York direct from John Lennon Airport … and Yoko Ono sends her own personal message of support

04 Jul 2006

On US Independence Day, flyglobespan, John Lennon Airport's latest airline, has today announced that it will commence daily flights direct to New York from May 2007. Hot on the heals of their two recent announcements to operate regular scheduled flights to Tenerife and Prague, flyglobespan's latest news brings JLA its first scheduled transatlantic service and is the most significant JLA announcement from the rapidly expanding airline as they establish a considerable presence at the airport.

The news that Liverpool's historic links with New York, previously associated with the strong maritime heritage of both cities, is now to be re-established by an air link, was made at a press conference appropriately held at the top of the city's famous Liver Building - scene of many departing passengers bound for New York by sea.

flyglobespan's flights from JLA will commence on 25th May 2007 to the 'Big Apple's' popular Newark Airport, with fares starting at only £149 per sector including taxes. flyglobespan will operate two cabins on their Boeing 757 aircraft with 22 of the 189 seats in business class and the remainder economy. The business cabin fare will start from £299 per sector including taxes with 22 business class seats with full individual in-flight entertainment, dedicated priority check-in and the use of an airport executive lounge. Champagne will be offered prior to departure and during the flight passengers will enjoy gourmet meals served with fine wines.

Seats from New York to Liverpool will also be on sale in the USA from only $259 per sector including taxes with the added benefit of the route attracting vital tourist and business numbers from the States into the area.

It was almost 5 years ago to the day that Yoko Ono visited the Airport to announce that it was to be renamed after her husband John Lennon and after being one of the first people to be told the good news she commented,

"How fitting that there will soon be flights from John Lennon Airport to New York. As you all know, John had a tremendous fondness for both of these cities. He would have been delighted that now there will be a direct flight between these two historic cities - across the Universe, so to speak. It's a great day for both Liverpudlians and New Yorkers. Best wishes from me to you.Yoko.â€

Neil Pakey, Chief Executive of Peel Airports commented, “Peel are thrilled to bring another major positive news story to the northwest and support the link between New York and Liverpool in the 800th anniversary of the City of Liverpool. We congratulate flyglobespan in recognising the unquestionable opportunities that exist between these two cities both for tourism and for business. The timing is perfect both for the anniversary and in the year ahead of our Capital of Culture celebrations.â€

flyglobespan's chairman Tom Dalrymple added, “I am delighted we can launch this service from John Lennon Airport and give the local population the chance to visit one of the world's most exciting cities at such fantastic prices.

“We also expect it will be well received by the business community on both sides of the Atlantic - as our prices in this sector compare very favourably with others.

“We have been delighted at the enthusiasm and support from the airport and the local community to our earlier two flights announcements from JLA and look forward to a similar reaction to the New York venture.

“We have more planes coming in next year and more places we want to fly to,†says Dalrymple. “If the people of Liverpool continue to support our routes, we would be delighted to bring more services here in the future.â€

Flyglobespan's parent company the Globespan Group has been flying across the Atlantic to Canada for over 30 years and Dalrymple says that experience will be hugely beneficially in ensuring the company caters for all needs on their Liverpool - New York service.

The Mersey Partnership (TMP) has also been working closely with Peel, spearheading the Campaign for a new transatlantic air link from Liverpool and has lobbied Merseyside's business community to throw its support behind the route.

Roy Morris, Chair of The Mersey Partnership, said; “Up until now Liverpool hasn't been immediately and easily accessible to the US market, but we have huge aspirations for the city as we move towards Capital of Culture Year 2008.

“Liverpool is already very attractive to US tourists through brands such as the Beatles and England's Golf Coast, and with a number of major US companies already investing here, securing this air link will further reinforce Liverpool as a destination on the international business map.â€

He added: “Liverpool and New York already have strong, historic links established through many years of maritime trade. The Port of Liverpool, also owned by Peel, is currently the top UK port for UK-USA and UK-Canada container trade. Today's announcement marks a significant development of these links and opens up enormous new opportunities for Liverpool and Merseyside.â€

As with all flyglobespan services, customers travelling on the Liverpool - New York route will have the option of buying flight only or adding on transfers and or hotels. This will available soon on