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Airport's parking charges lifted

Blackpool Airport
Parking at the airport will be free for up to 15 days

Passengers travelling from Blackpool Airport will soon be able to park at the terminal for free - but a 10 charge to fly out will be imposed.

The Airport Development Fee, payable at the airport, will be introduced for departing passengers over the age of 16 from 5 January.

The fee will go towards a 2m investment project to upgrade the runways, facilities and capacity.

The news has been welcomed by Blackpool Borough Council.

Councillor Peter Callow said: "A vibrant international airport is an integral part of Blackpool's future and the council is therefore fully supportive of the airport's plans to develop both the facilities and number of destinations.

Residents 'relieved'

"The public has made it clear that free parking is something they would welcome and this nominal charge makes it possible for everyone flying from Blackpool International.

"This will also relieve the pressure felt by local residents who have suffered from airport users parking in their streets."

Under the new scheme, parking will be free for up to 15 days.

David Kershaw, chief executive of Blackpool International, said: "Today we have announced a major investment plan that will secure the future of Blackpool International and help it grow into a thriving international gateway for Lancashire and the Lake District.

"We will be the only international airport in the UK to offer free passenger parking and combined with a fresh marketing drive to highlight Blackpool's convenient and hassle-free airport experience, we are confident of attracting many more passengers."



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