Blackpool Airport back under public ownership

Blackpool Council has signed a £4.25m deal to buy Blackpool Airport back from Balfour Beatty. The agreement gives the council full control of the operating company Regional and City Airports (Blackpool) Holdings Ltd, bringing the company back into public ownership for the first time in 13 years. Blackpool Airport went into administration in 2014, closing briefly before reopening with reduced capacity. Blackpool Council does not envisage the return of passenger planes to the airport, but will seek to safeguard the helicopter and other commercial airside activities it facilitates, as well as 30 jobs.

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