Blackpool Airport reaches closure deadline
The regional airport for Lancashire and the Lake District is set to close on Wednesday 15 October, unless owner Balfour Beatty can secure a buyer for the site by the end of today, 7 October.
The airport has been on the market since August. Balfour Beatty announced in September the 7 October deadline to reach a deal, after supporting losses from the airport for a number of years.
At the time of the announcement, Blackpool Council said it expected it would be "the end of an era" for the airport as a commercial passenger flight terminal but hoped the site would retain its use as an airfield.
The council is now calling for the new owner to work with them to lobby the Government to extend the current Lancashire enterprise zone to include the airport.
In the latest statement to local residents, airport workers and stakeholders, Cllr John Jones, Blackpool Council's cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "As we've said from the outset, following the announcement of the potential closure of Blackpool International Airport, what we want is the best possible economic outcome for the area in terms of jobs for local people.
"We have been very clear in saying we would like it to remain an airport and would be doing everything we could to try to ensure that is the case. We believe the airport has underperformed in terms of its contribution on the Blackpool economy. There is much untapped potential in the site and we will work with any new owner to bring this potential to bear
"Fylde Council and ourselves have planning control over the site and we have been very clear with Balfour Beatty and all other interested parties about the uses we would support.
"While Balfour Beatty are the owners and any decision regarding disposal is theirs alone, we will use the powers and influence we do have to make the site the kind of key driver of economic growth that we need and can be proud of."
A statement from Balfour Beatty is expected this afternoon.