Blog Type, Fellowship Blog | August 2017

Chris Matheson MP Visits Liverpool Airport

Chris Matheson, MP for City of Chester and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Aerospace, visited Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship* in Aviation.

Opened in 1933, LJLA is one of the UK’s longest established operational Airports and passenger numbers have grown by almost 10 fold since the mid 1990’s, seeing over 4.8mn passengers through its doors every year. It is also a significant driver of prosperity in the North West and North Wales, bringing an estimated £250 million per annum in GVA and supporting 6,000 jobs across the region.

During the visit, Chris was given an overview of the Airport’s operations and experienced what it takes to keep one of the UK’s busiest airports running. Chris was also given an insight into the investment which is being made across the Airport to improve passenger facilities and enhance the customer experience.

Chris was also taken on a tour of the Airport where he was able to meet a number of the LJLA employees. He then met Mark Povall, Strategy Director, who spoke to him about the Airport’s business development and expansion plans, how LJLA has become the faster, easier, friendlier Airport of choice for passengers from across the region and the challenges faced by the Airports industry.

Chris’ IPT Fellowship is helping him to gain a greater understanding of the aviation and airspace industry within the UK in order to aide him in his role as Chair of the APPG on Aerospace.

Commenting on the visit Chris Matheson MP said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Liverpool John Lennon Airport today. As a regional airport, LJLA is vital to both the local and national economy, and thousands of my constituents regularly pass through its doors. I am therefore delighted that I have been able to visit and see first-hand how the Airport is striving to improve the customer experience and to bringing greater choice of services for travellers across the North West, including my constituents.”

Mark Povall, LJLA’s Strategy Director added:

 “It was great to welcome Chris to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, today and to be able to show him how Liverpool has become the airport of choice for the region’s travellers. Chris obviously has a passion for aviation and I welcomed the opportunity show him how LJLA is committed to boosting employment and the local economy through increased regional connectivity.”


Notes to Editors

*IPT Fellowships are educational, non-lobbying attachments for parliamentarians, providing a unique perspective of the challenges and issues facing UK industry. Fellowships can take place in a range of organisations, from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs and voluntary organisations.

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  • Fellowships are bespoke placements in industry for MPs, MEPs and peers structured around a set of learning objectives dictated by each parliamentarian at the beginning of their programme. Fellowships are non-lobbying, non-partisan and educational in ethos and are supported across Parliament. There are currently over 70 parliamentarians undertaking a Fellowship. There have been over 500 Fellows since the IPT was founded in 1977.