A NEW sun-kissed destination has been added to Blackpool Airport’s growing list of holiday flights.
Jet2.com will now be jetting off to the sandy beaches and whitewashed towns of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.
The popular location is the third new offering from the airline – following Ibiza and Dalaman, Turkey – and brings the number of destinations from Blackpool Airport to 11.
The first flights, from £55.99 plus taxes, will be launched on May 29 next year.
Steve Heapy, managing director of Jet2holidays and chief commercial officer of Jet2.com, said: “We are very proud to be the airline offering even more choice to people in the region – as with Dalaman earlier in the month, Lanzarote will be the area’s first direct route to the destination.
“Lanzarote offers a great deal of variety from stunning beaches and volcanic plains to caves formed more than 3,000 years ago.
“It continues to be one of our most popular holiday resorts and we are delighted to add it to our growing list of sun destinations from Blackpool.”
The island of Lanzarote is 37 miles long and 12 miles wide and offers a wealth of holiday attractions.
It’s well-known for its volcanic plains and residents can visit the nearby Parque Timanfaya to experience its unique landscape or take a trip to Cueva de los Verdes to explore its caves.
Claire Smith, president of Stay Blackpool, said: “This is fabulous news because Lanzarote is a brilliant destination and very popular with the Blackpool market.
“It’s good for residents and great the airport is being used more and looking secure.
“Hopefully this is going to be the start of a very nice snowball of flights and the more people use the airport, the more successful it will be.”
Mrs Smith has also called for the residents of Lanzarote to take advantage of the return flights.
She added: “It would be really wonderful if we could get a few people from Lanzarote coming over here because the more the airport is utilised the better it’s going to be for everyone.
“Blackpool is a very unique destination and if we can get the message out there to come here, we could even have expats coming in.”