Airport’s package holidays taking off

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Sunshine holiday airline Jet2 says 2014 has been a bumper year at Blackpool Airport.

The low cost airline has seen passenger numbers rise by seven percent on 2013 with more people taking advantage of the convenience offered by the Squires Gate terminal.

In 2013 , Jet2holidays had booking figures of 27,023 but this year they have risen to 28,915 already in 2014.

The figures come as the company hired to handle the sale of Blackpool Airport’s operating company announced the deadline for interested companies has passed.

A spokesman for Zolfo Cooper of Manchester said: “We are pleased to have been appointed to this role. The team are now reviewing expressions of interest received.”

The Jet2holidays numbers will have been boosted by the airline introducing a new service from Blackpool this year to the Catalan town of Reus in Spain – handy for the Costa Daurada and the holiday destination of Salou.

When the airline introduced its package holidays at Blackpool just 45 people took one but the number has grown year on year and a spokesman said they have already sold 3,500 for 2015.

No new routes have yet been announced for 2015, but flights and packages are planned to Alicante, Dalaman, Faro on the Algarve, Ibiza, Lanzarote ,Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Murcia, Reus and Tenerife.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “In our eighth year of flying from Blackpool Airport we are thrilled to be seeing continued growth, in particular for Jet2holidays where we are seeing passenger numbers increase year on year.

“With 11 fantastic destinations to now choose from we’re committed to giving our loyal local customers the best choice of flight and holiday options direct from their doorstep.

“We’re looking forward to jetting even more people away on holiday next year and making summer 2015 our most successful one yet at Blackpool International Airport.”

Jet2 employs around 3,000 people, has 54 aircraft operating from eight UK bases and one in Spain and is headquartered at Leeds Bradford Airport.