Blackpool airport closing - end of an era

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Sad to hear it's closing today.....
In the 60s it was a busy little airport. Several flights per day to the Isle of Man, The Channel Islands; and the school outing in the last year of the junior school was a trip to Newcastle on the daily scheduled flight which then went on to Amsterdam and Dusseldorf, returning in the evening. These were all operated by Silver City Airways flying DC3s, but later they were superseded by whistling Dart Herald aircraft following SS's morphing into British United Airways. There were also scheduled flights to Dublin with Aer Lingus.
 

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Wasn't there a plan to turn Blackpool into a mini Las Vegas, some time ago?
Certainly would have increased air traffic, if it was done well, and given the amount of money, raised by the gambling industry, it could have brought a number of tourists, and money, into Britain.
 

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Wasn't there a plan to turn Blackpool into a mini Las Vegas, some time ago?

I think the argument against that was that the increase in tourism and money in the area would also increase the criminal element turning it into a sleazy place to be, so plans were rejected... :cool:
 

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I think the argument against that was that the increase in tourism and money in the area would also increase the criminal element turning it into a sleazy place to be, so plans were rejected... :cool:
Seems a strange reason as Blackpool isn't exactly the safest place, at the moment, try going there at the weekends when they are inundated with stag, and hen, weekends.
When I used to visit, in the Summer, a number of years ago, I'd see numerous drunks, on the promenade, the selling of illegal drugs, ladies of the night, crime, and this was during the daytime, at night all you'd hear were police, and ambulance, sirens.
If anything, upgrading to a Las Vegas style resort, should have improved matters.

The government could hardly complain, on the basis of gambling, especially given that nearly every advertisement, and sponsor, on Sky television is now an online gambling site:)
 

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Blackpool airport (losing about £1.5 million per year) put up for sale by Balfour Beatty
August 31, 2014

Blackpool Airport has been put up for sale by Balfour Beatty, which bought it in 2008. The airport is saying the sale will not affect flights, and it hopes to get new routes. Balfour Beatty paid £14m for the airport, and has now has decided to sell its operating interests in the site as part of a wider decision to sell all its interests in regional airports. But it will continue to own the land on which the terminal stands. Alan Cavill, assistant chief executive at Blackpool Council, which sold the airport in 2004 for £13 million, welcomed the news. A London-based restructuring specialist is handling handle the sale and inviting expressions of interest from would-be buyers before September 10th, but no price has been put on the airport. Balfour Beatty has invested almost £30m in the site since 2008. But passenger numbers have dropped over the years from a peak of around 500,000 in 2007. It gets passengers from the North West of England, Southern Scotland, Cumbria and Cheshire. The airport makes an annual loss of about £1.5m per year. Three airlines are based at Blackpool including Jet2 with 13 destinations.


Blackpool Airport closure shock
29 September 2014 (Blackpool Gazette)

Blackpool Airport will close down next month unless a buyer can be found. Since the end of last month, owners Balfour Beatty have been trying to find a buyer to take over the operating interests in the terminal, which was bought for £14m in 2008. But in a statement, the company today said that unless an agreement can be reached before October 7, it is “likely the airport will close” with the last commercial flights taking place on October 15th. The airport has been making a loss for a number of years. Three airlines fly out of the terminal.

They are Jet2.com, Stobart Air, and Citywing

Unite union calls for more time to help save Blackpool airport jobs after closure on 15th
October 10, 2014

Unite Union bosses have called on Balfour Beatty to think again about the rapid closure of Blackpool Airport to give parties more time to come up with a rescue package to save jobs. As no buyer has been found for the airport, it will close on 15th October. Although air traffic control and fire cover will also end at that point, the smaller general aviation companies will continue to operate. However, more than 100 jobs are set to go – including fire fighters, security, air traffic controllers and administrative staff – and the long term future of the airport now lies under a cloud as Balfour Beatty, MPs, local councils and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership continue to look for ways to retain aviation use of the site while making the best use of the 400 acres to support jobs and the local economy. Unite said “Because it is going to be made insolvent then our members will have to claim back their redundancy and any back holiday pay from the state.” Unite wants the owners to rethink. The Blackpool area already has high unemployment, and a shortage of skilled or well-paid work.

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/uk-airports/blackpool-airport/blackpool-airport-news/


"" Seems lack of revenue and failure to find a buyer is the cause ""

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Seems a strange reason as Blackpool isn't exactly the safest place, at the moment, try going there at the weekends when they are inundated with stag, and hen, weekends.

I haven't been to Blackpool in a long time, and haven't been on the promenade since the early 90s, so, I don't know what it's like at the moment, but, as with any popular place you go to, they're usually inundated with drunks and party louts, but turning everywhere like that into a gambling hotspot ain't going to change it, cos there'll still be drunks and party louts going there, but with the additional problem if people wandering about with more money and criminals following them to take the money away to buy drugs, and then you end up with people who have brains avoiding those places and it turns into a desolate place with nothing but high crime left... :-ohcrap

If people want to have a Las Vegas experience, go to Las Vegas, simple as that... :)
 

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It's over 30 yrs since I moved away and over 10 since I last visited, but I've seen how it has deteriorated over the years. When my parents were still alive, and living in a good residential area near to the airport, they were burgled, and later when mum was ill and we had to collect her meds from the chemist, I was taken aback at the druggies coming in for their methadone 'fix.'
 

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The promenade at Blackpool is the nicest it has ever been and stretches almost all the way to Cleveleys now. The local news tonight announced that BB were done over by Jet2 and negotiated contracts that were not favourable for themselves as the owners of the airport. To some extent this may be the truth, but this is what happens in this day and age when a building and construction company gets too big and loses sight of it's aims and aspirations, BB are a gigantic company who have got their claws into every other aspect of civil engineering you can think of today, schools hospitals, motorways construction many of which are leased back to the local authorites for 25 years. They took the step of buying the airport and tried mixing it in an industry they knew little or nothing about.

I first flew from Blackpool in 1955 to the Isle of Man in a balsa wood plane, I think I have a BW photo somewhere of us getting on the plane, it is a crying shame, but I do agree that the airport would have become busier if the casinos had been built and perhaps that is what BB were banking on happening. The airport will still be in use but not for commercial flights. There is also a strong feeling that the council could have done more....and where and how many times have I heard that phrase before
 
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