Idyllic island route returns to Blackpool airport

Passengers can fly to Menorca from Blackpool Airport from next summer.

Passengers can fly to Menorca from Blackpool Airport from next summer.

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It is a stunning idyll, where sun, sea and sand are guaranteed.

And the popular holiday island of Menorca is set to return as a destination for passengers from Blackpool Airport.

The Gazette can today exclusively reveal that from next summer airline Jet2.com will resume its service to the Spanish isle.

The first flight to the island will take off from Blackpool on May 21, 2014.

And Steve Heapy, chief executive officer of Jet2.com, believes the route will turn out to be “a popular choice” with customers.

He said: “We’re thrilled to bring back the idyllic Balearic Island of Menorca to our loyal Blackpool customers for next summer.

“It is a stunning island and together with its increasing demand and our great value deals on flights and package holidays, we’re confident it will once again prove a popular choice for those looking for a more relaxed escape.

“The addition of Menorca in the same month as our first flight to Lanzarote from Blackpool, demonstrates our commitment to our customers from the North West.”

The airline currently offers flights from Blackpool to the neighbouring islands of Majorca and Ibiza, as well as several other destinations on the Spanish mainland and in the Canary Islands.

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member responsible for streets and transport, has welcomed the news. He said: “It’s excellent because any news the airport is running new flights is really good for themselves and really good for Blackpool.”

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Menorca: More relaxing than noisy neighbours

Menorca is known as the quietest of the Balearic Islands, compared to its noisier neighbours of Ibiza and Majorca.

Set in the Mediterranean Sea, the island is famed for its beautiful undeveloped coastline and bays.

It has two main cities, Cuitadella and the capital Mahon.

Natives of the island speak a variety of Catalan, however Spanish is also widely spoken by many Menorcans.

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