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April 21st, 2006 | Last updated: September 25th, 2011


Fun-loving Blackpool folk will be little more than an hour away from Europe’s party capital when Blackpool Airport’s latest new destination is launched later this year.

Amsterdam Schiphol is the latest route on offer from the fast-growing airport in its partnership with low cost carrier, Jet2.com.

As well as being just a 10 minute train journey from one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan capitals Schiphol is also the first major international hub with direct flights to Blackpool.

Jet2.com will also fly to the Portuguese golfing resort of Faro three times a week when its latest routes are launched at the end of October.

“I’m delighted to be offering two new routes from Blackpool to the amazing city of Amsterdam and the golf haven of Faro,” said Jet2.com’s managing director Philip Meeson.

“Launching our latest new route shows that we are looking to play a major part in bringing inward investment to the region and firmly put Blackpool Airport on the map.”

Gareth Kennedy, director of business development at Blackpool Airport, said: “We have been keen to add Amsterdam to our growing number of destinations, as many people have been asking when the route might be available from Blackpool.

“Adding Faro is also exciting news, and we anticipate that both destinations will be very popular.”

The first flights go on October 29, with five flights a week to Amsterdam and three to Faro.

Meanwhile, Jet2.com is to name one of its Blackpool based jets after Radio One DJ, Jo Whiley, after a campaign on the national station.

The airport is also celebrating a 42 per cent year-on-year increase in passenger numbers, with 377,000 people using the terminal in 2005, up from 266,000 in 2004.
- Source: Party town to party capital, Steve Dunthorne, The Citizen, Blackpool, UK. Apr. 20, 2006

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