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Paul Maynard MP seeks Blackpool airport closure talks

Blackpool Airport
Image caption Blackpool Airport will close unless new buyers can be found

Blackpool's threatened airport needs an owner to stay with it for the "long term", an MP has said.

Paul Maynard, Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, wants talks with the owners of the airport, which could close on 15 October.

Mr Maynard said he was "very concerned".

Balfour Beatty, who bought the airport in 2008, put it up for sale in August and said on Monday it will close unless a buyer is found by 7 October.

"I'm not surprised at the news, it requires substantial investment and the airport needs more than a medium term plan," the MP said.

'Economic recovery'

Mr Maynard added the airport's fortunes will not improve until the economy picks up when passenger numbers will increase.

A company spokeswoman said it had also been contacted by Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden (Labour).

"We will be acting independently of the MPs but obviously we are willing to have talks with them," she added.

Councillor John Jones (Labour), Blackpool Council cabinet member for highways and transport said: "We need the airport here, I believe it has not been pressed as a commercial venture and expanded as it should be."

The North West Air Ambulance, which operates out of the airport, said it was "disappointed" with the announcement.

A spokesman added: "The service we offer will not be affected and we have made arrangements to ensure we are ready to deal with any emergencies that occur."

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