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easyJet launches its 1st flight on new domestic route from Liverpool to Bournemouth

EASYJET has launched the 1st flight on its new domestic summer route from John Lennon Liverpool Airport to Bournemouth Airport, providing customers in the North West of England with greater convenient direct connectivity across the UK and more opportunity to reconnect with friends and family or book a long awaited break to explore more of the UK this summer.

Flights from John Lennon Liverpool Airport took off on Saturday, 10 July 2021, at 06:10, for the 1st time and is now operating twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with fares starting from ₤22.99. Customers in Liverpool can now enjoy convenient direct connections to 1 of the UK's most popular seaside Towns this summer.

All customers booking flights with easyJet benefit from some of the most flexible policies under its:- 'Protection Promise' which means that customers can book now for later this year with the confidence that if their plans change, so can their booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet's UK Country Manager, said:- "We are delighted to have launched of our 1st flight from Liverpool to Bournemouth. This new route further strengthens our network from Liverpool and provides more connectivity for our customers whether they are reuniting with loved ones, connecting for business, or want to explore more of the UK this summer. We are proud to be the largest airline in Liverpool and remain committed to offering customers great value fares and more choice when they fly with us."

Paul Winfield, Liverpool John Lennon Airport's Director of Aviation Development commented:- "It's great to see easyJet start this service in time for the start of the school holidays giving families across the region the opportunity to travel to the south coast far faster and easier than by car or train. It also gives people in the South the chance to take a short flight and come and visit Liverpool and surrounding areas with all its great visitor attractions too."

All easyJet customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee at any time up to 2 hours before departure, providing even more last minute flexibility. Unlike other airlines, there are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022, and to any other destination on the airline's network which spans 35 countries across:- Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. This means that if some travel restrictions are impacting their destination country, such as self isolation in destination or on return to the UK, customers can easily change their trip to another country on easyJet's network. Plus, should a mandatory hotel quarantine impact a customer's travel destination this summer, customers can now request a refund for their flight within four weeks before departure if the restriction is still in place, even if their flights are still operating.

The safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew remains easyJet's highest priority and the airline continues to have a number of biological safety measures in place onboard in line with guidance from the relevant authorities. This includes daily enhanced cabin disinfection effective in protecting against Coronavirus for at least 24 hours and mandatory mask wearing for customers and crew. All easyJet aircraft are already fitted with HEPA filters, similar to those used in Hospitals, which filter 99.97% of airborne contaminants in the cabin, including viruses and bacteria.

To book and for more information on easyJet's Liverpool network visit:- easyJet.Com

Community Environment project is blooming great!

STUNNING wildflower meadows sown by local children and residents have transformed derelict land in Liverpool City Region; thus bringing colour and nature to urban communities. The 10 sites; now in full bloom; were created by the Head North for Beauty project with a ₤49,000 grant from the ₤500,000 Liverpool City Region Community Environment Fund, established by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.

They form part of a new wildflower meadow trail from Everton, in North Liverpool, through to Litherland, in Sefton. The sites were ploughed in April and schoolchildren from All Saints Catholic Primary School and local residents helped sow the new meadows.

Before and after images reveal the incredible difference the project has made to the communities in built up areas; bringing a splash of vivid colour to often derelict land which would usually be grassed over. The meadows are now being looked after by volunteer community wildflower rangers.

Social enterprise Regenerus, the organisation which brought the Anthony Gormley statues to Crosby Beach, has partnered with Scouse Flowerhouse, The National Wildflower Centre, the Eden Project 3 local housing associations:- Liverpool City Council, Sefton Council and the local community to create the meadows which attract wildlife, including bees, and aid carbon capture.

Liverpool has the country's highest number of Council wards with wildflower meadows; which are increasingly appreciated for their biodiversity benefits. Yet 97% of UK wildflower meadows have been lost since 1947.

Lowering the carbon footprint is high on the list of priorities for the Metro Mayor after the Liverpool City Region became the 1st area in the UK to declare a climate emergency and commit to becoming zero carbon by 2040.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:- "We have ambitious plans to tackle climate change in the City Region, the climate emergency remains the biggest long term challenge our Region; and in fact the world; faces. We can all make a difference if we get together within our communities and each do our bit, whether that's improving air quality with these beautiful wildflower meadows, or leaving the car at home and walking or cycling to work. Our Community Environment Fund projects are promoting environmental issues at a grassroots level and deserve to be supported."

Councillor David Baines, Liverpool City Region Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy, said:- "Tackling the climate emergency has to be a top priority for all of us and, as a Combined Authority, we are pulling together detailed plans for how we make our City Region net zero carbon by 2040. There will be some huge schemes in that plan but we also know how important improving the environment is at a local level. That's why, through the Community Environment Fund, we are supporting brilliant local schemes like this one, which will have so many benefits for local communities. We're supporting more than 50 schemes like this, across the whole City Region, and collectively they will make a real difference to people's lives."

Ruth Livesey who is behind the Head North for Beauty project for Regenerus said:- "Getting communities engaged with nature brings us lots of benefits. We are teaching awareness of biodiversity while enjoying beautiful spaces and places which have a positive effect on our well being. It's also encouraging to know that we are helping out a little with the challenges we face as a result of climate change. Our aim is transformative change. A better environment has a direct health impact. If we can reconsider how our urban spaces and brownfield landscapes are managed, it will boost sustainability and the quality of land. Wildflowers improve air quality and because there is less maintenance needed it saves money too."

Maya, who is 1 of the pupils from All Saints Catholic Primary School who has been helping with the project said:- "I think they're really pretty and really cool. They're good for the environment. It saves the planet while making it pretty."

Richard Scott, Director of the National Wildflower Centre now homed with the Eden Project said:- "It is special to link wildflower energies across the City Region. In the past 3 years we have witnessed an enormous shift as the environment rightly takes centre stage. Since Steve Rotheram launched the Northern Flowerhouse in Everton Park in 2017, we are witnessing both the need and desire for a New Rennaissance in our public spaces for both the climate emergency and extinction crisis, with seed grown in the City Region. We are bringing Nature Home, where it belongs. On a world scale this is spot on; at the beginning of the UN Decade of Restoration, let's be the engine and show the way, create rewarding green jobs that will transform every corner of our City Region."

Eden Project Co-Founder Sir Tim Smit said:- "How wildflowers are connecting into Liverpool's legendary popular culture signals the direction of travel for cities across the world. Eden is working hard to mainstream the skilled care of maintenance of green and open spaces as an important source of employment. Culture change is a key for ecological futures and Scouse Flowerhouse is a cultural landscaping project with vision and heart."

Head North for Beauty is 1 of 58 projects across:- Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, which were awarded funding from the ₤500k Community Environment Fund. These projects contribute to the City Region's green commitment by promoting community engagement in local environmental programmes, leading to more awareness of environmental issues.

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