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Plan to expand Liverpool John Lennon Airport with extended terminal and runway; [pounds sterling]100m plan to redevelop airport over next decade.

Byline: Alistair Houghton

Liverpool John Lennon Airport bosses say they could spend [pounds sterling]100m on the airport over the next decade to expand the terminal and even extend the runway.

LJLAhas released its strategy for development between now and 2030 as it bids to grow passenger numbers from 5m a year to around 7.8m.

The strategy includes extending the existing terminal building to handle those extra passengers.

The airport could also see its runway extendedso it can handle long-haul flights, while new hotels and food and drink outlets are also planned.

Managers still want the airport to link up with a "hub" airport so it can offer passengers seamless connections to flights around the world. That could include direct flights to Heathrow once that airport's extension is completed.

And airport owner Peel is still hopeful they can one day get better public transport links to and from LJLA -- potentially including a direct rail link. They also want to create a new Eastern Access road to make it easier to get from the motorway network to the airport.

There are also plans to grow cargo operations at the airport, potentially creating more jobs.

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All in all, the airport hopes its growth would help support 12,000 jobs across the region -- up from 6,000 now. That could add hundreds of millions of pounds to the region's economy.

Business leaders from Merseyside and North Wales gathered at theSpekeairport to hear bosses explain their plans.

The airport's new chief executive John Irving, who has been at the airport for two weeks, said it was a "really positive" time to join the airport.

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He said: "People are proud they have an airport that is strong and growing in this region."

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Airport chairman Robert Hough said that while Manchester Airport had a "magnetic force", Liverpool airport still had plenty of opportunity to grow because it was the "faster, easier and friendlier" option.

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These plans were first revealed last year and were then put out to consultation.

Mark Povall, strategy director at the airport, said the consultation had attracted 180 responses, most of which were positive.

And he explained that the terminal expansion could be justified when passenger numbers got close to 8m annually.

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