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Union calls for rethink on Blackpool Airport closure

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.

– Unite regional officer Dave Kennedy

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Jet2 will stop flights from Blackpool on Friday

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

Jet2 customers are being advised to visit www.jet2.com/info for the latest information.

Owners confirm Blackpool Airport will close next week

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.

– Blackpool Airport

What now for Blackpool Airport?

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.

The airport's owners have been actively seeking a buyer Credit: ITV Granada

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Liverpool City Council agrees Anfield expansion plans

Liverpool City Council has approved plans to expand Anfield Stadium's capacity to around 54,000.

An artist's impression of the plans for Anfield Credit: LFC

The plans, which are still subject to conditions and legal agreement, would see 8,500 seats added to the Main Stand, and an extra 4,000 to the Anfield Road stand.

How the new Anfield would look inside Credit: LFC

Construction could begin on the main stand soon, and be completed by the 2016/17 season.

Liverpool FC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Ayre, said: “Today’s approval by the Planning Committee is another step on our journey which we embarked on nearly two years ago.

“We’ve received very positive support for our proposals during a public consultation exercise earlier this year and whilst we are delighted about the progress made today, there are still some steps that we need to navigate through in order to give us the certainty that we need to proceed with our expansion plans.”

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