There's anger following the announcement that Blackpool Airport, the third largest in our region, is to close in a week's time.
The airport's owners Balfour Beatty say it has been losing money for years.
But they are being accused of not doing enough to keep it open.
Amy Welch reports.
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.
Jet2 will stop flights from Blackpool to on Friday after the aiport announced last night it is to close. All flights will go from Manchester Airport instead.
We are saddened and disappointed to hear that Blackpool Airport will close. Although the airport remains open until the 15th October the uncertainly over its future has not only caused confusion for our customers but has also significantly impacted on the operation of our aircraft, including the withdrawal, without notice of key third party facilities.
In order to minimise the disruption to our customers we have made the decision to move all flights scheduled to depart from and return to Blackpool Airport from Friday 10th October, to Manchester Airport instead.
As an airline which has been committed to Blackpool for more than eight years we regret having to make this decision ahead of its closure on the 15th October, but our priority is ensuring that the air travel plans of both our Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ customers are protected. We are also in discussions with our colleagues at the airport who are also affected.
Jet2 customers are being advised to visit www.jet2.com/info for the latest information.
Blackpool airport will close next week after its owners failed to find a buyer. Balfour Beatty has been seeking a buyer for the airport since August.
Aviation expert Chris Yates says it comes as no surprise.
The owners of Blackpool Airport, Balfour Beatty, have confirmed it will close next week after they were unable to find a buyer.
In a statement they 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.
The airport will remain open to the public until 15 October 2014 and we will endeavour to maintain operations as normal until this date, after which time commercial flights will cease.
It is recommended that passengers contact their airline to confirm travel arrangements.
The future of Blackpool Airport will be decided later. Owners Balfour Beatty announced it was likely to shut down soon if a buyer wasn't found by todays deadline. The company bought the airport in 2008. Management teams have been working with the council to draw up a plan for the future of the site.
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