New destinations proving popular

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SALES of holidays to three new destinations are providing a boost for Blackpool.

Jet2.com, which recently added flights from Blackpool Airport to Ibiza, Lanzarote and Dalaman in Turkey, has revealed sales on the new routes are going well.

A spokesman for Jet2.com told The Gazette: “Early indications are that sales are really encouraging for the new routes.”

The fact the flights are selling well to all the new destinations is encouraging, according to one Fylde coast business leader.

Howard Lewis, chairman of Blackpool Business Leadership Group, said: “It’s very good news and it’s expected.

“It’s great they introduced those new flights and it’s a good sign for hopefully the start of more routes.

“There’s a long term opportunity is that more people who fly out of Blackpool will stay before and afterwards.”

Meanwhile, Jet2.com has agreed to include debit card charges in headline prices by August 1 rather than adding a charge at the end of the booking process.

The move follows enforcement action by the Office of Fair Trading, which also forces airlines to make any charges for credit cards clear in the early stages of booking.

Other airlines agreeing to make the changes are Aer Lingus, BMI Baby, Eastern Airways, Flybe, German Wings, Lufthansa, Thomas Cook, Thomson and Wizz Air.

Clive Maxwell, head of the OFT, said: “This is a great outcome for the millions of people who buy flights online.”