Czech mate! As Wizz Air expand their operations at JLA
and Eastern Europe’s largest low cost airline Wizz Air, who first
started operating from Liverpool in late 2004, have today announced
a further expansion of their Liverpool operations.
At a time when many airlines across Europe are cutting back on
services, Wizz Air will commence a new service to Prague, capital
city of the Czech Republic, with three weekly flights from Liverpool
John Lennon Airport commencing in mid-July 2009. One way all
inclusive fares start from as low as £12.99
The Capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is one of the most popular
city break destinations in Europe with something on offer for
everyone. The beautifully preserved historic city has stunning
architecture and many famous sights such as Wenceslas Square, Prague
Castle and Charles Bridge. The Czech hospitality is legendary and
visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome to the trendy bars or cosy
traditional restaurants. Prague is also famed for its Christmas
markets which are among the best in the World and now for the first
time passengers will be able to travel direct from Liverpool to
Flights will commence on 11 July 2009, departing each week from
Liverpool on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 12:50pm giving
travellers to Prague convenient times and days of the week for short
breaks or business trips.
Wizz Air currently operate popular flights to the Polish cities of
Warsaw, Katowice and Gdansk, carrying over 200,000 passengers on
their Liverpool services last year.
John Stephenson Chief Commercial Officer of Wizz Air said:-
“Liverpool has been an excellent market for us and since starting
operations from here over four years ago we have carried over
700,000 passengers. Whilst these are challenging times for all
airlines, we continue to see real potential for growth at Liverpool,
reflecting the importance of the Airport in our network and the
gateway role it plays in the North West of England.”
Neil Pakey, Deputy Chief Executive of Peel Airports, added:-
“The new service to Prague will complement the diverse range of
destinations now available from Liverpool. The Czech Republic was
one of the few countries yet to be served by a scheduled service
from here and we are delighted that Wizz Air are continuing to
develop new services at a time when many in the industry are looking
search Merseyside for ultimate high flyer..!
only formation wingwalking team, Team Guinot, is searching
Merseyside to find the ultimate high flying recruit to join the team
and spend their summer strapped to the wings of the famous
The team, who is currently looking for a new sponsor and often
making appearances in the national media, is searching for a new
wingwalker to join the team for their thrilling 2009 season.
“Wingwalking is the most exhilarating job in the world! Standing on
the wings of a biplane you literally feel as free as a bird, the
experience of looping through the skies at 160 mph is incredible! We
perform in Merseyside each year so the lucky candidate will
hopefully display in front of a home crowd which is amazing.”
says 20 year old wingwalker Danielle Hughes.
The successful applicant will be trained to climb around the
beautiful 1940’s biplanes, performing a sequence of handstands and
acrobatic manoeuvres in the wingwalking rig while the aircraft loop
through the skies.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for a high flyer. Our wingwalking
team is demand all over the world and the successful applicant will
be displaying in front of millions of spectators every year.
Wingwalkers need to be fit and agile in order to complete the
graceful routines whilst standing on the wing against immense wind
pressure.” says Team Leader Vic Norman
In 2009 four Boeing Stearman biplanes and their wingwalkers will
display across the UK and Europe throughout the week and during
weekends; whoever lands this job can be sure of an action packed
To apply for this position please visit:-
www.teamguinot.com then click
on the wingwalker search icon and follow the on screen instructions.
We will be running a very special interview in next weeks issue with
lots more information about this amazing opportunity.
Historic railway cutting restored to former glory
first railway cutting has been restored to use after more than 20
The £7.6million Olive Mount Chord, a quarter mile stretch of rail
track linking the Port of Liverpool to the West Coast Main Line, has
been officially opened at an event in the city.
Merseyside MP and Chair of the government’s Transport Select
Committee Louise Ellman and Neville Chamberlain, Chair of the
Northern Way joined a host of organisations who have worked to
deliver the project.
Louise Ellman said:- “This is a very important scheme and will
improve the movement of freight and support the regeneration of this
Neville Chamberlain added:- “Our ports are major assets and
important drivers of the North’s economy. It is important for their
future growth that they have excellent connectivity. The restoration
of Olive Mount Chord helps deliver that for the Port of Liverpool.”
The multi-agency project has rejuvenated the disused stretch of
railway line, linking the Docks’ Bootle branch line, used for rail
freight trains, with the Chat Moss line to Manchester and West Coast
main Line to London.
The project was a key element of Merseyside’s £230 million Local
Transport Plan (2006 to 2011). A unique funding package that was put
together by the Merseyside Transport Partnership (MTP) meant that
the programme could be accelerated and delivered much more quickly
than schemes of a similar size and significance.
The funding package brought together MTP (Merseytravel and the five
Merseyside local authorities), Network Rail, Department for
Transport, Northwest Regional Development Agency and the European
Regional Development Fund.
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, and a former train
driver himself, said:- “This is project that is vital to
Merseyside in economic terms, speeding up lines from the West Coast
Main Line to Seaforth Docks and, we hope, encouraging a greater
shift of freight from road to rail.”
Neil Scales, Chair of the Merseyside Transport Partnership, said:-
“This rail freight link is a key priority for us and our
partners. It will create a fast route into the Port, allowing it to
expand and create more employment and it will ease both congestion
and pollution through the ability to transfer increased amounts of
container cargo from the region’s roads.”
Simon Whitehorn of Network Rail added:- “Olive Mount Chord is
a great example of how, by working with our partners in a spirit of
cooperation, we can deliver major rail projects early and to
Cllr Peter Millea, executive member, Liverpool City council, said:-
"This is a very important scheme for the city region and it is
very appropriate that Olive Mount Chord, which will transfer freight
from road to rail, was completed ahead of Liverpool's Year of the
The project removes the need for freight trains to reverse at Edge
Hill, slashing rail times by cutting the need to cross lines into
and out of Lime Street at Edge Hill.
About Olive Mount
Olive Mount Chord first opened for traffic on the 11 July 1883.
Part of the London and North Western Railway Company, the chord was
one element of the huge expansion of rail in the Edge Hill area,
developed to handle the vastly increasing levels of North American
freight going through Liverpool Docks.
The line handled huge amounts of freight traffic right up until the
late 1960s, playing a particularly important role in both World
Olive Mount Chord was a casualty of declining freight traffic being
carried by rail and was finally closed on 28 February 1987.
Twenty-two years later the line is back in use following a major
The new line uses the same structures and earthworks as 1883, but
now includes a single track and modern signalling systems capable of
dealing with high volumes of freight traffic.