Blackpool Airport to close
Blackpool Airport is set to shut next week after its owners failed to find a buyer.The loss-making airport served Jet2, Aer Lingus and Citywing, but will close its doors on October 15 after Balfour Beaty's deadline to find a buyer passed.
Over 100 staff at the airport, including fire fighters, security, air traffic controllers and administrative staff, are set to lose their jobs.The airport said: "We regret to announce that no agreement has been reached to secure the future of operations at Blackpool Airport. The airport operation has been making a loss for a number of years and unfortunately there is no option for the company other than to close. This is a very sad day for the airport which has a proud aviation history and a loyal, appreciative customer following. We would like to thank all our dedicated staff who have delivered exceptional service to passengers for many years.
"While the sales process announced at the end of August was a final attempt to secure the future of the airport, the airport's management had spent many months prior to this announcement approaching organisations with a potential interest in the airport in an attempt to find a buyer."Work is currently underway with the independent aviation businesses and tenants at the airport to understand if their operations can continue in the future. Working in partnership with the local authorities, regeneration plans are also being developed which will be designed to create future employment and sustainable economic development opportunities for Blackpool and the Fylde Coast."
Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has asked for a rethink on the decision.Regional officer Dave Kennedy said: “We are shocked and very disappointed. We can’t believe Blackpool Airport’s hasty decision to shut the airport next week. We urge Blackpool Airport bosses to seriously rethink the planned closure.
“The loss of 120 jobs in Blackpool will have a huge impact on local communities. It is a major blow to the town, which is already struggling with high unemployment, and a shortage of skilled or well-paid work. “Our main priority now is to work with local agencies to ensure that our members receive as much support as possible during this difficult time.”