'Above us only sky' – the catchline for Liverpool Airport – is taken from the classic song composed by one of the city's best-loved sons – and the man whose name is now incorporated into the airport's full title – John Lennon.
Lying 6.5 miles south-east of Liverpool city centre, the airport is on the site of the former RAF Speke airbase. It saw its first commercial flights in 1930, but it is only after a new runway was completed, in 1966, and subsequently, the opening of a new passenger terminal 20 years later, that the airport has really, to coin a phrase, taken off.
Liverpool Airport is today a major hub for low-cost carriers EasyJet and Ryanair, while Flybe operates a short-haul route to the Isle of Man, and Wizz Air links the airport with a number of destinations in its native Poland.
Traffic reached a peak in 2007, when nearly 5.5 million people chose to fly from Liverpool, and the airport got close to this figure again in 2011, showing its increasing importance as a regional hub.
Four of the 10 busiest destinations served are those serving the main Spanish holiday hotspots, while the airport is also a major gateway for departures to both Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Liverpool John Lennon airport is close to the motorway network, and convenient for both the M56 and M62 east-west routes. Rail passengers can travel to the recently-opened Liverpool South Parkway station, from where regular shuttle buses provide onward travel directly to the airport's front door.
The airport has a budget hotel operated by the Hilton chain on-site, which offers valuable accommodation for passengers travelling from some distance away.
One of the airport's main landmarks is a large model of a yellow submarine on a roundabout approaching the terminal building.
Since a majority stake in the airport was taken by the owners of Canada's Vancouver airport in 2010, improvements have been made to its shopping facilities, and to the security area, with the aim of reducing passengers' waiting times.
Combining the benefits of offering easy access to major international air hubs, and direct flights to many popular holiday destinations with those of a relatively small and therefore easily navigable airport has helped make Liverpool Airport a popular starting point for many holidays.
If you want to find out more about it, the facilities on offer, and how you can start your holiday from there, speak to one of our friendly advisors at Co op Travel.