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Blackpool airport facing closure

Owners have one week to find a buyer

Airport delay

Which? Recommended Provider, Blackpool airport will close if a buyer isn’t found in the next seven days.

Blackpool airport flies to more than a dozen destinations including Tenerife, Lanzarote, Malaga, Faro and Ibiza. And three airlines use the airport – Jet2, Stobart Air (under the Aer Lingus Regional brand) and Citywing.

According to a statement on the airport’s website, it’s expected that the last commercial flights will take place on Wednesday 15 October in the case of a buyer not being found. 

In spite of its financial problems, the airport achieved a customer score of 80% in our recent survey of the best and worst small UK airports, with five stars for both queues and seating provision. 

Financial problems

Owners Balfour Beatty announced its intention to find a buyer for the airport last month.

An official statement released yesterday explained: ‘The airport operations have been making a loss for a number of years and we are currently exploring a number of options in an attempt to secure the future of the airport.

‘We regretfully confirm that if no agreement can be reached before 7 October which ensures the viability of its operations, then it is likely that the airport operations will close. ‘

Blackpool airport passengers

Those who have booked flights departing from the airport after 15 October have been advised to contact their airline directly to confirm travel arrangements. 

A Jet2 spokesman said: ‘Should the airport make the decision to close, contingency plans will be in place and we will do everything we can to support both our loyal Jet2.com and Jet2holidays staff and customers.’ 

Further information from Jet2 can be found here. Aer Lingus Regional passengers should call 0871 718 5000, and Citywing passengers should call 0871 200 0440 for further information.

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