Lancashire

Blackpool Airport to offer new route to northern France

DAT ATR72
Image caption The ATR 72-200 can carry up to 66 passengers

Blackpool Airport is launching a new summer service to northern France.

The flights will connect the resort to Albert Picardie Airport in northern France between April and August.

It is hoped the service will bring tourists into Lancashire as the county gears up for a year of celebrations and events, such as the Preston Guild and the Open Championship at Lytham.

Airport director Paul Rankin said he was looking forward to "a thrilling year" of events in the county.

The new service will be operated by Danish Air Transport (DAT) on an ATR 72-200 aircraft, which can carry up to 66 passengers.

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