The owners of Blackpool Airport have announced that it will close on 15 October.

According to a statement on the airport’s website, no agreement has been reached to secure the future of its operations, which have been making a loss ‘for a number of years’.

The statement said: ‘This is a very sad day for the airport which has a proud aviation history and a loyal, appreciative customer following. We would like to thank all our dedicated staff who have delivered exceptional service to passengers for many years.

‘The airport will remain open to the public until 15 October 2014 and we will endeavour to maintain operations as normal until this date, after which time commercial flights will cease.’

The airport announced a sales process at the end of August, and the had spent months prior to that approaching organisations with a potential interest in the airport in an attempt to find a buyer.

In the meantime Blackpool says that ‘work is currently underway with the independent aviation businesses and tenants at the airport to understand if their operations can continue in the future. Working in partnership with the local authorities, regeneration plans are also being developed which will be designed to create future employment and sustainable economic development opportunities for Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.’

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