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Edition No. 218

Date:- 11 September 2005

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34% increase in airport traffic brings monthly all time high

PASSENGER numbers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport continue to break all previous records with August being the Airport's busiest single month ever. Almost 120,000 additional passengers used the Airport during what is traditionally the Airport's busiest month of the year compared to August 2004 a 34% increase, with a throughput of over 465,000 passengers.

These latest figures break the Airport's previous 'personal best' set just last month, by over 20,000 passengers with total passenger throughput for the year to date now up 29% compared to the same period last year. The Airport is now expecting to celebrate its next major milestone of becoming a 4 million passenger per year airport within the next two weeks.

Additional services from operators such as Ryanair, Flybe, easyjet and other low cost services continue to have a significant impact on the Airport's business with high passenger loads on most flights throughout August. An additional 22 new services have commenced from the Airport over the past 12 months alone. The Airport's busiest bank holiday weekend also helped to boost passenger numbers in August with large numbers of visitors from overseas believed to have passed through the Airport, attending popular events such as the Mathew Street Festival and the Creamfields concert.

Neil Pakey, Managing Director for Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented:- "The Airport has experienced unprecedented levels of passenger numbers in recent weeks and it's a tribute to all the staff based here as to how well passengers have been handled. The Airport is continuing to play a major part in the regeneration of the region in terms of its impact on the local economy with job creation, increased tourism opportunities and attracting inward investment. We are now within touching distance of becoming a 4 million passenger per year airport, a milestone that seemed a distant dream not that many years ago."


TAECANET Ltd has made significant strides into the provision of e-base learning for schools across the UK through effective use of the business support network that Liverpool has to offer. Taecanet Ltd was attracted to Liverpool because of the strong business development support available through Business Link for Greater Merseyside. This support also gave them access into Liverpool Ventures’ new £27 million seed fund and the facilities provided by the digital incubator service at John Moores University.

Ian Nairn, director at Taecanet said:- “Liverpool has the best business incubator services in the UK. There are also a number of high achieving North West schools who make excellent use of ICT, who have expressed an interest in working with us. It was natural therefore that we should base ourselves in this city. Having moved from Wiltshire, my Business Link adviser Alastair McCallum not only introduced our company to all the right contacts but he has also been continually supportive in ensuring we tapped into events, training and all the other help we have needed in setting up our business.”

The product, called Taecanet after the company itself, uses a mixture of words, pictures and video clips to create imaginative internet-based learning journeys as a source of education for schools. Based on the national curriculum, it is a new, fun type of personalised e-learning that harnesses the richness of the internet in a uniquely safe and controlled way.

“This is a very exciting concept and the company has a lot of potential. We were able to take them through the whole process of setting up the business and putting the funding in place as well as introducing them to DigitallNC, which is part of the Liverpool John Moores International University for Digital Content, and the local education authorities. Liverpool can offer a really valuable combination of facilities for companies such as Taecanet and at Business Link we are ideally equipped to help them to make the most of what is available.”
said Alastair McCallum.

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