Blackpool Airport to re-open, but not to commercial traffic

BALFOUR Beatty is re-opening Blackpool Airport but it will not handle commercial flights.

The group has incorporated a new company called Squires Gate Airport Operations that will service small aircraft and helicopters.

Balfour Beatty closed the loss-making airport last month, with the loss of around 100 jobs, after failing to find a buyer. The biggest operator was Jet2 which has moved its flights to Manchester.

In a statement Balfour Beatty said: “Following the airport closure, we announced our commitment to develop a sustainable future for aviation services at Blackpool Airport, today is the first step in that process.

“Squires Gate Airport Operations Ltd will support the return of independent aviation businesses to Blackpool, including Bond Offshore Helicopters. We look forward to working with the local councils and other stakeholders as we seek to ensure a long term future for flying in Blackpool.”

Blackpool Airport Ltd, the company that ran the airport, owes creditors about £35m, according to a liquidators’ report.