Plane company hit by licence ban

Exterior of the Fly Blackpool hangar at Blackpool Airport
Exterior of the Fly Blackpool hangar at Blackpool Airport
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A Blackpool aircraft company has had its licence to use a hangar at the resort’s airport terminated and its planes have been locked inside.

Fly Blackpool’s licence to use hangar two at Blackpool Airport, off Squires Gate Lane, has been terminated while the company’s aircraft were impounded.

The Gazette understands the move was taken because the company has fallen behind in payments to the airport.

A spokesman for the airport today said they did not wish to comment about the matter.

But a notice attached to the entrance to the premises says: “We are instructed that the June 2013 quarter’s payment was not made and has remained unpaid for more than 28 days.”

It adds the licence has been “terminated with immediate effect.”

A former employee of Fly Blackpool, who did not wish to be named, has told The Gazette he believes the notice has been served over landing fees and fuel bills which are owed to the airport.

He also claims around 15 planes have been impounded in the hangar.

The padlocks were put on the hangar on Tuesday August 27.

Balfour Beatty sold the airport in July to Midlands-based Patriot Aerospace Group, which also recently bought Exeter Airport.

A spokesman for Balfour Beatty said the company could not comment on the issue because it was an ongoing legal matter.

Blackpool Council retains a five per cent stake in the airport.

Coun John Jones, cabinet member for transport, said he did not know anything about the issues with Fly Blackpool.

And despite repeated attempts to contact Fly Blackpool owner Robert Murgatroyd, the firm was unavailable for comment.

On the company’s website flybpl.com, a notice says: “It is with regret that flybpl.com has ceased all operations due to a commercial on-going dispute with Blackpool Airport.

“For customers who have purchased flight vouchers from voucher companies, please get onto your voucher company and ask for a relocation or a refund.

“For customers that have in date Fly Blackpool vouchers please get in touch with your credit card provider for a full refund as the service you
 purchased is no longer available.

“All no-equity groups are non-operational and no air crafts are available to hire.”