Airport equipment to go under the hammer

Photo Neil Cross'Blackpool International Airport, Blackpool
Photo Neil Cross'Blackpool International Airport, Blackpool
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A raft of equipment from Blackpool Airport is to be sold at auction.

Balfour Beatty which owns the Squires Gate operation has announced that equipment from airside and the terminal are now up for sale at an auction set for next month.

They say none of the items is crucial for exisiting air operations and that the sale should not impact on future operations including the return of larger commercial airlines.

But campaign groups and political figures have expressed deep concerns over the move.

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said: “I find the timing of this ‘auction’ quite bizzare and singularly inappropriate coming straight after the welcome news of CityWing’s return which I and others strongly pressed for and welcomed.

“I will be pressing BB for an urgent explanation as to how this action fits in with their commitments over CityWing and other potential carrier opportunities. I will also be urging both Blackpool and Fylde Councils to press BB for the fullest explanation and in the strongest possible terms urgently.”

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said: “I am sure local people will be disappointed to hear Balfour Beatty is selling off some of the equipment essential to Blackpool functioning as the commercial airport we all want to see for the Fylde. It underlines the need to find new owners for the airport as soon as possible to develop a coherent, profitable and sustainable future vision for the airport”.

The auction is being held by Peaker Pattinson of Leeds with bidding on the items closing on May 14. Appointments can be made to view the items listed on Tuesday. May 12.