Liverpool John Lennon Airport achieved its 24th consecutive month of passenger growth in January with an uplift of 5%.

The increase to more than 320,000 passengers for the month over January 2016 came as airlines raised capacity on several routes.

These included Budapest, Bucharest, Alicante, Malaga, Pisa, Cluj and Katowice.

Higher passenger numbers of routes to Belfast and Dublin also helped support the increase.

This year will see the start of 11 new services from Liverpool including charter flights by new operators Transun and Balkan Holidays in addition to Thomson, First Choice, Inghams and Newmarket Holidays.

The Airport has seen a growth in passenger numbers, airlines and services over the past two years with annual throughput increasing by more than 800,000 passengers.

In that time, 21 new scheduled services have been announced from Liverpool to 19 new destinations as well as seasonal charter flights.