Blackpool Airport Mini Guide
Blackpool International Airport is situated on the Fylde coast, in Lancashire, England. It is just outside the city and used to be known as Squires Gate Airport. It was the first aviation site in England, built in 1909. If you're flying into Blackpool airport and planning your visit check out our UK mini guide
with things to do in the town and nearby.
How do I get There?
There are now six airlines servicing the airport, connecting Blackpool to the UK and Ireland
. In season, you can fly to Spain
also. From destinations in England, you can drive, take a National Express coach service or catch a train via Manchester. Be aware of the local departure tax levied by the airport, it can come as a nasty shock if you're not expecting it.
How do I get to the City?
You can use bus service 7 or 11 to get to the city or use a tram from Starr Gate terminus. The city is minutes away, so hiring a car is an easy option, if you wish to explore the Fylde Coast.
What’s at the Airport?
You can arrange to get your pounds at the ICE desk, located opposite check-in. If you wish to relax before your flight, you can book into the Executive Lounge for a small fee. There you can wait in comfort, use the free internet access and have complimentary snacks and drinks. If you have booked a Rhino hire car, you will find the car hire desks, just outside of the arrivals area.
Can I Shop There?
In departures there is a newsagent shop, where you can buy any little essentials for your journey. There is a Duty Free boutique too, where you can treat yourself to the latest Italian bag or a luxury fragrance from Gucci or Giorgio Armani or browse the large range of watches and jewellery on offer.
What if I get Hungry?
Before you check-in you can get a snack at Horizons Café Bar. In departures you can head to Horizons Restaurant for a hot meal and maybe try the local Lancashire Hotpot. If you are just a bit thirsty, you can find Bar Icon, also in departures.
What if I Need Special Assistance?
Blackpool International Airport offers a meet and assist service and can provide wheelchairs for passengers with reduced mobility. There is an induction loop system available for the hearing impaired.
Blackpool Airport is an international airport in the north of England. Normally around 430,000 passengers use it annually but the introduction of a departure tax which was not included in the ticket price meant that the passenger traffic dropped by half. There are no such hidden costs when you hire a car at Blackpool Airport with Rhino.
The main regional flights from Blackpool Airport are to Dublin, Belfast City and the Isle of Man. Jet2 also has international flights to Spain and the Canary Islands. There are also some private flying lessons given at Blackpool Airport. Blackpool Airport serves the Boroughs of Blackpool and Fyld.