Blackpool Airport to shut next week

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Bosses at cash-strapped Blackpool Airport have announced that it will close on Wednesday, October 15.

Two companies were believed to be holding 11th hour talks with the airport’s current owners Balfour Beatty on Tuesday, but no deal could be struck.

A statement released on the airport’s website says: “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.

“The airport will remain open to the public until October 15, 2014 and we will endeavour to maintain operations as normal until this date, after which time commercial flights will cease.”

It adds: “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.”

It is recommended that passengers contact their airline to confirm travel arrangements.