New Paris link for Blackpool Airport

Blackpool Airport's Paul Rankin and Sue Kendrick

Blackpool Airport's Paul Rankin and Sue Kendrick

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IT’S time to say Bonjour Blackpool.

For holidaymakers can swap their iconic skyline featuring Blackpool Tower for one featuring its taller Parisien counterpart.

Staff at Blackpool Airport are preparing to launch a new seasonal service to Albert in Picardy, north west France.

The service will bring tourists into Lancashire as it gears up for an exciting year of celebrations, including the Open Golf Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Flights, operated by Danish Air Transport (DAT) using a 66-seater ATR 72-200 aircraft, will be available on selected dates from April to August.

Blackpool Airport director Paul Rankin said: “We are delighted to announce these new flights to and from France and we are looking forward to welcoming people into our fantastic county during what promises to be a thrilling year.”

Tourism leaders welcomed the news.

VisitBlackpool Natalie Wyatt said: “It will give visitors from France the opportunity to fly directly to Blackpool and sample all the great events and attractions we have to offer.

“Blackpool and Paris share a number of similarities – a world famous Tower and a reputation for first-class entertainment.”

And Claire Smith of StayBlackpool said: “The visitors the airport brings in stay, so they’re putting money in hoteliers pockets as well as spreading it around town.”