Base For Blackpool

MANX2.COM from the Isle of Man has opened a permanent aircraft and crew base at Blackpool Airport. Chairman Noel Hayes said: “We are delighted to have chosen Blackpool as our first base in England.  Over the last five years we have achieved consistent growth in passenger numbers through the airport helped by the ease of road access to Blackpool combined with ample free parking.
“We have attracted many visitors from the northwest region who choose to use Blackpool as a convenient gateway to the Isle of Man and, with our new double daily service to Belfast, we’re adding more frequent flights with fantastic low fares to the great City of Belfast.
“Blackpool’s elevation to the [English football] Premiership has also been welcomed by hundreds of football-mad islanders who now have another good reason to visit Blackpool on a frequent basis.”  With Blackpool Football Club being widely known as the Tangerines, Mr Hayes added: “For the future is definitely not orange, it’s tangerine!”
Blackpool Airport has been operating flights to the Isle of Man and Belfast for a number of years and the routes have proven popular with both leisure and business travellers.
During the volcanic ash cloud situation in April, kept the UK flying as its LET410 aircraft were able to get airborne when larger commercial aircraft could not.
Paul Rankin Airport Director said: “We are delighted to welcome and their crews to their new base at Blackpool.  We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with and we hope this continues for many years to come.”