A new name in business has landed at Blackpool Airport with plans to create jobs and raise its profile.
Chauffeur specialists Fylde Executive Cars has moved in to the Old Fire Station Yard and the former Jet2 offices close to the Air Balloon pub.
Its boss John Coombes said the switch from its previous home at the BAE Systems site would help it to grow the business and allow it and his other major project the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team to be housed together.
John is the man behind the Fylde Coast Museum of Aviation plan at the Airport and said the Airport had offered an ideal opportunity for his projects.
He said: “We have been at BAE Warton for 25 years but with the Enterprise Zone developing there we were keen to move to a site that the public would have easier access to so we could grow our business.
“It was a good opportunity for us and we are the first new business to take up residence at the Airport for some time.
“It is a great new start for both of us.
“Blackpool Airport has had a difficult time but with this and the enterprise zone which should begin next year it will hopefully encourage more businesses to come here and breathe new life into the area.
“The building has a big footprint and will take us a while to get everything as we want it, but it will allow us to develop new strands to our business.”
He said as well as the executive chauffeur line, wedding and special events cars and a mid range driver service for businesses, they would be launching a corporate chauffeur broker business with more than 500 affiliates to find drivers for people travelling all over the country, as well as a private hire taxi service with Smart cars and a booking app.
He said: “It will now be a 24/7 operation and we will be looking to recruit more drivers on the Fylde Coast and further afield.
“We have been a bit of a covert operation aimed at executives and the corporate side of things with us being based at BAE but now we are going more high profile and opening up to the general public.”
The firm has seven members of staff based at the office plus around 40 drivers.
He added: “This is a positive move for us and its positive for Blackpool Airport too.
“The owners Balfour Beatty have been very supportive over our move and over the museum at hangar 42.
“Hopefully together our businesses,the Spitfire display team and the museum can all help raise the profile of the area nationally which can only be good for the Airport and the Fylde.”