Helicopter fly in takes off

James Ramsbottom, Alex Dewsbery, Darren Mason, Garry Rowland and Jon Seedle

James Ramsbottom, Alex Dewsbery, Darren Mason, Garry Rowland and Jon Seedle

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There was a real buzz about Blackpool Airport when helicopters from across Lancashire flew in for the day.

A total of 12 choppers swooped into the airport for a ‘fly in’ organised by Heli2000.

Heli 2000 held a 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Heli 2000 held a 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Boss Jon Seedle decided to hold the event on Sunday to highlight the fact there is still plenty going on at the Squires Gate hub despite the loss of holiday flights.

He said: “It went really well and we had 12 helicopters here and about 60 people.

“There was a good mix of enthusiasts, pilots and students ranging from some people who have been flying for 20 or 30 years to others who have only been flying for a couple of months.

“The helicopters arrived at different times and at one point we had 10 here at the same time. We also had lessons going on.

It went really well and we had 12 helicopters here and about 60 people

“It was nice to see the airport so busy and there were lots of people taking photographs, and a lot of positive comments from people who are pleased to see there clearly is activity going on at the airport.”

Holiday flights from Blackpool Airport were axed last October, but the airport re-opened a few months later for small aircraft including flying schools. In April, airline Citywing reinstated its flights to the Isle of Man and Belfast.

Terry Butterfield from Heli 2000 flying school at their 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Terry Butterfield from Heli 2000 flying school at their 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Heli 2000 flying school held a 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Heli 2000 flying school held a 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Heli 2000 flying school held a 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Heli 2000 flying school held a 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Terry Butterfield from Heli 2000 flying school at their 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Terry Butterfield from Heli 2000 flying school at their 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Terry Butterfield and Jon Seedle from Heli 2000 flying school at their 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport

Terry Butterfield and Jon Seedle from Heli 2000 flying school at their 'fly in' at Blackpool Airport