Unite, Britain’s biggest union, calls for a rapid rethink over the announcement today (Wednesday 8 October) by the owners of Blackpool Airport – Blackpool Airport Limited - to press ahead with the closure of the airport due to insolvency.
Over 100 staff at the airport, including fire fighters, security, air traffic controllers and administrative staff, are set to lose their jobs when the airport shuts on Wednesday 15 October.
Unite regional officer Dave Kennedy said: “We are shocked and very disappointed. We can’t believe Blackpool Airport’s hasty decision to shut the airport next week. We urge Blackpool Airport bosses to seriously rethink the planned closure.
“The loss of 120 jobs in Blackpool will have a huge impact on local communities. It is a major blow to the town, which is already struggling with high unemployment, and a shortage of skilled or well-paid work.
“Our main priority now is to work with local agencies to ensure that our members receive as much support as possible during this difficult time.”
The regional airport for Lancashire and the Lake District was only put up for sale in August by owners Blackpool Airport Limited. Since then Blackpool has been trying to find a buyer for the airport.
Three airlines – Jet2, Stobart Air and Citywing – currently fly from Blackpool Airport.
For further information please contact Dave Kennedy on 07734 989 847 or Unite communications officer, Karen Viquerat on 07768 931 316.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.