Blackpool boasts extra passengers

Hotel News - 12/08/2005

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Blackpool Airport has reported that passenger traffic has nearly doubled at the airport, with almost 300,000 people using the local hub in July.

A spokesman for the Airport told Blackpool Today: 'We started doing traffic figures since February and every single month we see increases in traffic.'

Passengers using the airport might want to consider pre-booking their airport hotels following this 46 per cent rise in demand and the airport says there is accommodation to suit 'all tastes and requirements'.

Especially popular has been Monarch Scheduled's new route, which flies from Lancashire's only commercial airport to the tourist destination of Malaga in the south of Spain.

The route has played a big part in the airport's success, compounded by figures showing that within a day and a half of the flight being made available, over 1,000 seats were sold and the city of Blackpool's economic chief this week backed expansion plans for the airport in a bid to encourage more visitors to the Fylde coast. This could mean that airport facilities could further expand, with more airport shops, hotels and parking available.

The plans are all part of the airport's aim of seeing almost 1.2 million passengers passing through its doors annually in three years time.

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