On Sunday, Blackpool International Airport unveiled a brand new route to Dublin complete with a lavish celebration inside the main terminal. The flight will operate daily from the Lancashire site, under a franchise agreement between Aer Lingus and Aer Arran.
Blackpool is perhaps best known for its winter illuminations, its child-friendly funfairs, and that great iron tower, something that most northerners see before they are ten years old. The airport is an afterthought, if it is mentioned at all.
An important Jet2 hub, Blackpool Airport provides a gateway to some of Britain’s many island communities, including Jersey, the Isle of Man, and Ireland. Blackpool is not solely a domestic airport, however, and the site maintains links with a number of continental destinations, such as Tenerife, Malaga in Spain, and Faro in southern Portugal.
Blackpool’s new route has proved particularly popular with airport bosses, largely because it connects the northwest with destinations on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, albeit indirectly. Airport chief, Paul Rankin, was delighted with Aer Lingus’s latest investment – ‘It is fantastic news for our passengers...The new route will enable them to link into Dublin’s transatlantic network. They will be able to book straight through from Blackpool International to JFK Airport in New York.’ Blackpool organised a day of Irish-themed events on the 28th of March, including Guinness tasting and entertainment by an Irish dancing troupe.
Blackpool Airport is currently offering free parking for all outbound passengers, up to a maximum of 15 days.
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