Pledge to help after Blackpool Airport closure shock

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Business chiefs said today they would do everything they could to help employees and companies affected by the closure of Blackpool Airport.

Owners Balfour Beatty have failed in their bid to find a buyer for the loss-making airport.

The airport will now close on October 15, Blackpool Airport has confirmed. Employees and private companies on site are facing uncertain futures as rumours circulate about alternative plans.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber would to all it could to help remaining firms.

She said: “They face a very uncertain future and will continue to do until Balfour Beatty either find a buyer for the land or come up with an alternative proposal.

“We will be using our membership of the Airport Consultative Committee to do all we can to help those businesses who remain on site and face an uncertain future.”

“There’s plenty of unhelpful speculation as to what could or could not happen.

“What these businesses need is certainty about what is going to happen so that they can start to plan for the future,” she added.