OFFERS GREATER WORLDWIDE ACCESS FROM LIVERPOOL WITH FOURTH DAILY
Dutch Airlines on 3 March 2010 announced the addition of a fourth
daily flight to its schedule out of Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA),
cementing its operations out of Merseyside. The new frequency
commences on 10 May 2010 and alongside improved timings for the
original three daily flights, the schedule will increase long haul
connectivity via its award winning hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
This new frequency announcement comes less than a year after the
route’s inaugural flight on 30 March 2009 and is a testament to
KLM’s commitment to the Liverpool region. The faster long haul
connections mean that travellers in the region can now take
advantage of smooth and seamless travel to destinations such as
Shanghai, Johannesburg and Mexico.
Capacity on the route will increase by a third (33%) daily and the
additional flight rotation provides more flexibility for point to
point passengers as well as offering even more European connections
on a daily basis. Seats on the fourth frequency are bookable as of
today via:- www.klm.com, KLM telephone reservations on:- 0871 222 7474
or at local travel agents. A Fokker 70 jet aircraft, which carries
up to 80 passengers, will fly the new frequency.
From 10 May the new flight schedule will be:-
To celebrate the new
frequency launch, KLM is offering a fantastic fare promotion on all
Liverpool-Amsterdam flights with return fares available for just
£79* per person, inclusive of all taxes. This promotion is bookable
between 04 and 25 March 2010 for travel up until 30 September 2010.
Comments Henri Hourcade, General Manager AIR FRANCE KLM UK and
Ireland:- “Our new summer schedule is great news for Liverpool and
for KLM and is a tangible symbol of the strength of our operations
out of Merseyside. Whether travelling for business or leisure, the
new schedule means faster connectivity with KLM’s intercontinental
route network, seamless integration with our European network and
the convenience of being able to do a full day’s business in
Amsterdam and be back home in time for dinner. The improved
Liverpool-Amsterdam schedule also means Merseyside has access to
long haul travel from the convenience of its own doorstep.
Passengers no longer need to embark upon long car journeys to other
airports in the region for direct flights – with a minimum 50
minutes connection time at Schiphol, KLM offers fast and efficient
long haul travel.“
Neil Pakey, Deputy CEO of Peel Airports comments:- "We’re thrilled
that KLM has confirmed a fourth frequency for the summer schedule.
This gives the region’s business community more flexibility and the
added convenience of starting long haul journeys to an even greater
choice of worldwide destinations from their local airport. The
airline’s entry into Liverpool has been a real boost for the
business community as well as the Airport and this extra daily
flight will ensure that our city can develop further on an
international stage and seen as an attractive hub for global
Mike Taylor, Director of Investment and Enterprise, Liverpool Vision
says:- “We have always been very supportive of the links that KLM
provides the city through their flights to Amsterdam Schiphol and a
fourth daily flight enhances Liverpool’s connectivity, especially at
a time when Liverpool is about to take centre stage at the World
Expo in Shanghai. This very welcome news will also be warmly
received by all our Expo sponsors and we very much hope that the
business community throughout the Northwest recognises and supports
this vital air route to world markets.”
Lorraine Rogers, Chief Executive of investment and tourism body The
Mersey Partnership (TMP) says:- “KLM’s expansion is excellent news.
Securing this hub operation for Liverpool was a priority for both TMP and LJLA – and KLM’s further commitment, after only one year, is
welcomed. Their further investment gives Liverpool City Region even
greater connectivity with the rest of the world. The timing of this
extra flight will give both business and leisure travellers an
Jack Stopforth, Chief Executive of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
comments:- “I‘m delighted to see that KLM are expanding their
service from Liverpool JLA. We worked hard lobbying for this service
to come to Liverpool. I knew that the city was ready to support a
scheduled service from a national carrier. The expansion indicates
that link to KLM’s Schiphol hub is meeting the needs of the city’s
business community and provides an attractive alternative to more
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, with its SkyTeam partners, connects
Liverpool to over 800 destinations worldwide via four daily flights
to Amsterdam. The carrier’s hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, offers
smooth connections with just 40 minutes connection time for short
haul flights and only 50 minutes for long haul flights. Passengers
therefore no longer need to travel to a larger airport to experience
global travel; KLM offers worldwide connections from the comfort and
convenience of a local airport.
* Fares are subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.
Time is running out for backdated business rates appeals, warns FPB
are being warned that they have less than a month left if they want
to contest their business rates over the past five years. Any
business owners who believe they have been charged too much for
their rates since the last revaluation in 2005 have until 31 March
2010 to appeal. If their appeals are successful, many firms
could receive rebates worth thousands of pounds. However, the
Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has set a deadline of March 31 for
claims, prompting the Forum of Private Business (FPB) to urge firms
to consider whether or not their rates bills over the past five
years have been set too high.
The FPB believes around 160,000 small businesses have already won
backdated reductions in their rates since 1 April 2005, when the
current rateable period began. However, many more may be eligible
for a reduction without realising it.
There are two main
grounds on which businesses can appeal against their rateable value.
They can show that they are paying more than neighbouring properties
– the VOA’s website at:-
voa.gov.uk allows business
owners to find out what neighbouring premises pay and whether or not
they have appealed against the amount. Alternatively, they can
prove that there has been a ‘material change’ in their
circumstances since 2005. This means something in the business’s
immediate surroundings has changed and had a detrimental effect on
trade. Examples include streets being closed off due to roadworks, a
high proportion of empty shops or a change in the size or use of the
claimant’s premises itself.
Business owners can also take the opportunity to appeal against
their forthcoming business rates, which will come into effect in
April after rateable values were controversially re-assessed just
before the credit crunch sent rents and property values tumbling.
The FPB’s business rates adviser, Andrew Bacon of LeaseholdersUnited,
explained the appeals process. “Many businesses will see their
rates bills soar in the coming months and years but they do have a
general right of appeal. Following the new rates revaluations they
can make one main appeal for the period April 2010 to March 2015.
However, until 31 March this year they can still appeal against
their old valuation if they disagree with it. Appeals can be made
free of charge, and making an appeal is fairly straightforward. Once
made, there is a discussion period where the person making the
appeal explains to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) what they think
is wrong. If no agreement can be reached the appeal goes to tribunal
but that only happens in about one in every few hundred cases. The
burden of explaining the details of what is wrong with the valuation
is on the person making the appeal. It is therefore important to
understand clearly how your ratable value has been calculated and
why it might be wrong before making an appeal."
Mr Bacon, who is a chartered surveyor, added that the timing of
revaluation process had led to a dispute over potentially
over-inflated rates costs for small businesses. “The 2010
ratable value is based on April 2008 rental values – just around the
peak of the market. Should low rents agreed in 2009 now be taken
into account in setting the correct ratable value? The Valuation
Office will probably say no, but it is not that clear cut. There
have been past revaluations where this sort of evidence has been
used. For many businesses there is a lot of money at stake on this
Membership of the FPB automatically includes discounted access to
Leaseholders United’s online services, which provide a
cost-effective alternative to professional visitations.
Experts from Leaseholders United can also help small businesses with
many other aspects of property costs, such as rent, service charges
and claiming for Small Business Rate Relief. For more
information, call the FPB on:- 0845 612 6266 or go to:-
- DEAN HODGSON
Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of Dean
Hodgson who has been missing from his home in Old Swan since Monday,
22 February 2010. Mr Hodgson, 35, from Lister Drive has not been in
touch with friends or family since 22 February. He is
described as white, 5ft 6 ins tall, of slim build with short brown
hair and is usually unshaved. He was last seen wearing a grey and
white fleece and black tracksuit bottoms. Mr Hodgson requires
medication for a medical condition and his condition may deteriorate
if he does not take his medication. This may make him vulnerable.
He is known to frequent the Old Swan, Whiston and Huyton areas.
If members of the public recognise Dean they should not approach him
directly but should make contact with police on the numbers given
below immediately. Anyone who has seen Mr Hodgson, or knows of
his whereabouts, is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777
4351 or Missing People on:- 0500 700 700.