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Up to 20 chartered flights set to leave Liverpool for Champions League final in Kiev

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Up to 20 chartered flights set to leave Liverpool for Champions League final in Kiev

Airport bosses expect up to 20 chartered flights will be booked from Liverpool to Kiev on the day of the Reds’ Champions League final clash with Real Madrid.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) predict the mass exodus from Merseyside to the Ukrainian capital for the final on May 26 could result in the busiest day in the airport’s history.

And one JLA chief confidently stated: “It could be busy as Istanbul in 2005!”

As many as 6,000 supporters are set to use JLA on the day of the final, which falls on a Saturday.

With many budget airlines being booked up already, Liverpool fans’ best option could be a chartered plane that will fly direct in to Kiev.

And early estimations from JLA are that the number of chartered flights leaving Speke could hit 20.

Robin Tudor, chief spokesman for the airport, said enquiries began almost as soon as the final whistle was heard on Wednesday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

He told the ECHO: “We’re looking at the size of aircrafts, and where we would park them.

“It’s a Bank Holiday weekend anyway, so it’s busy enough in the first place. It’s a bit of a moving feast, but we are currently finalising details with tour operators [for chartered flights].

“It could be as many as 20.

“Liverpool fans, of course, are incredibly resourceful in finding ways to watch their team across Europe.”

Other options for Liverpool fans are flights to other European countries before a connecting plane to Kiev.

Poland is proving a popular destination as a link flight, with journeys into Warsaw and Krakow being regularly booked up at the moment.This mirrored a similar trend for the Champions League semi-final second leg when lots of Kopites flew into Geneva in Switzerland before heading next to Rome.

Travel plans have been trickier because there are no direct scheduled flights from Liverpool or Manchester to Kiev.

Stop off trips to Munich or Frankfurt in Germany are also providing a solution for some, airport chiefs added.

Chartered flights, usually booked through tour operators, are set to leave early on the Saturday morning, which could give fans the chance to explore Kiev for a few hours before the final.

The ECHO reported yesterday how some Liverpool fans desperate to watch their team in the Champions League final were even turning to PRIVATE JETS – costing up to £20,000 for a seven-seater.

PrivateFly, an online flight broker, say they’ve seen a huge surge in searches for Kiev in the last 24 hours.

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