Liverpool trek for Blackpool airport passengers

The first Citywing passengers arrive at the re-opened  Blackpool Airport
The first Citywing passengers arrive at the re-opened Blackpool Airport
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Passengers hoping to fly to the Isle of Man from Blackpool Airport are being bussed to Liverpool for take-off.

Small commercial operator Citywing has been forced to transport Blackpool passengers to Merseyside before catching their flights after problems over security clearance.

Passengers wishing to fly out to the Isle of Man or Belfast have had to put up with the extra 64-mile journey to John Lennon Airport since April 22.

The problem has been blamed on “red tape” issues, rather than problems with equipment and Citywing is working hard to clear things up within the next few days.

However, the company has advertised for extra staff to work at Blackpool Airport to help process passengers and deal with security.

The advert on the Facebook site reads: “Part Time Passenger Services Agent: Duties will involve all customer service duties from checking passengers in, security and boarding the flights, completing the mandatory paperwork and processing passengers through the security system.”

Danny Nicholson, from the Save Blackpool Airport pressure group, said the group was concerned about the new setback but hoped Citywing would get all the help they needed to resume direct flights from Squires Gate.

He said: “It’s not a good situation and shows there are still serious issues that need sorting out properly at the airport.

“Although we understand it is to do with red tape and not equipment, we just wonder if the equipment the airport has, baggage check scanners and security check equipment, was not being auctioned off by the owners, and was more fully staffed, it would that have prevented this issue.

“It is one of those things and we hope it can be sorted out quickly.”

A spokesman for airport owners Balfour Beatty said: “While we do not comment on matters relating to security, we are currently working with Citywing over an operational issue that they are seeking to address.

“Some Citywing services will operate from Liverpool for a temporary period. Meanwhile, all other services at Blackpool Airport continue to operate as normal.”

A spokesman for Liverpool John Lennon Airport confirmed that they had been helping Citywing since April 22 and were happy to continue for as long as needed.