LIVERPOOL John Lennon Airport (JLA) is in talks that could re-open a transatlantic route to Toronto.
The airport has held negotiations with carriers based at Hamilton, an airport in the Toronto area, over possible links between the two cities.
If successful, it would revive a link that JLA offered briefly in summer, 2007, when Edinburgh-based airline Flyglobespan operated the route before going bust in December, 2009.
Craig Richmond, the UK executive of JLA’s Toronto-based parent company Vantage Airport Group, said he is also in talks with airlines in America over possible new transatlantic routes, but cautioned that their success is dependent on an improvement in economic conditions. He told The Post: “We are in preliminary talks with a couple of airlines.
“But the US economy needs to pick up.”
He added: “We are also talking to carriers at Hamilton, just outside Toronto. We think that is a viable route.”
He said a Boeing 757 jet can already fly from Liverpool to New York, Boston, or Hamilton but improvements in aircraft fuel efficiency would make the link even more attractive to an operator.
“Flyglobespan flew to Hamilton – hopefully someone is going to do that again. Hopefully in the near future.”
Vantage operates 18 airports around the world, including John C Munro Hamilton International Airport, which it took control of in 1996.
Since then, Vantage has brought the airport into profit and has significantly improved passenger and cargo business there.
It has two runways and today it is Canada’s largest intermodal courier and cargo gateway, and a growing passenger airport.
It is one of three Toronto airports, with Toronto City Centre Airport and Toronto Pearson International.