Around 120,000 passengers are expected to use Liverpool John Lennon airport over the festive and new year holiday period.

Increased passenger numbers throughout the year are set to continue throughout the holiday period, with 7,000 more travellers expected to pass through the airport this year – a 7% increase on 2016.

Winter ski destinations, the Canary Islands and southern Spain are among the top destinations together with city breaks to Rome, Milan and Venice.

Flights to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are expected to be among the busiest.

Passengers are being urged to allow plenty of time to pass through the airport and that restrictions on liquids carried in hand luggage are still in place.

People are being asked to travel with their presents unwrapped if they are to be carried in hand luggage.

An airport spokesman said: “After August bank holiday weekend, the Christmas and new year period is our second busiest time of the year, with thousands of passengers passing through over the festive period taking advantage of the convenience of flying via Liverpool.

“We’ve laid on some festive entertainment across the airport this year too, helping our passengers get into a great ‘Christmassy’ mood ahead of their departure.”