Previously named Speke Airport, Liverpool's airport was renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport in 2001 to pay tribute to the artist from the Beatles. The airport has customs clearance and permission is required for landing and takeoff on its 7,497ft-runway (2.3km). Slots are not required. The airport is open 24 hours a day and has three Fixed Based Operators. It has an Aspire Premium Lounge that is open 7 days a week from 4:00am to 8:00pm. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is located 15km southeast of the city-centre of Liverpool, which represents a drive of about 30 minutes.