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Blackpool International Airport is located on the stunning Fylde coast of Lancashire. Found just outside of Blackpool, this airport was one of the first aviation sites in the UK and now serves over two million passengers a year. From the airport, the lights of Blackpool are only a short drive away, as are other cities such as nearby Blackburn. Even Manchester is accessible as the road network leads directly to the city from the airport.
Who to Book With
Car hire is easy to arrange as international companies Europcar and Avis have representatives at the airport. Both companies rent a variety of vehicles that can be booked either on the day or prior to arrival. Vehicles can be picked up from directly outside the terminal.
Need to Know Essentials
In order to collect a pre-booked vehicle, you will need to present the following documentation:
- Both parts of a valid UK driver’s licence
- The credit card used when making the reservation
- A passport and utility bill
- The booking confirmation number or email
As a rule, rental cars tend to be manual; however, all rental companies can provide automatic vehicles upon request. Driving is on the left in England and motorways are toll free and well signposted. Coastal roads make for a beautiful drive but a road map can come in handy. Speed cameras are common on English roads, with fines for anyone driving over the limit. Always be aware of your speed and of any changes in the limit, particularly when entering a built-up area. Traffic in the main cities can add time to a journey, but generally traffic is manageable.
There is no train station at the airport; however, Squires Gate Railway Station is a five-minute walk away. A number of bus and local taxi services serve the airport. However, self-driving to the town centre is quick and easy no matter what time you arrive.
Squires Gate Railway Station is a five-minute walk from the airport. From here, Northern Rail trains run directly to Blackpool South, Preston and Colne in East Lancashire. Services run hourly and from the larger stations, it is possible to reach other destinations in the country. It is much cheaper to book tickets in advance.
Although there is no taxi rank at the airport, there is a free telephone located inside of the terminal building which visitors can use to call a number of local taxi operators, such as Whiteside Taxis.
Blackpool Airport to Blackpool town centre is about £20
Blackpool Airport to Preston is about £30
Blackpool Airport to Blackburn is about £50
Blackpool Airport to Manchester is about £85
The Blackpool Transport bus numbers 7 and 11 and the Stagecoach service X61 all run directly from the airport to Blackpool town centre, Cleveleys, Lytham St Annes, Preston and Manchester. Services finish at around 22:00 and prices start at around £1.25 for one-way service. There is no luggage section on the buses.
Blackpool Airport operates from one same level terminal. The airport applies an airport development fee, which is used to develop and ensure the future of the airport. This costs £10 per person (over the age of 16) and although it is sometimes included in the ticket fare, it is best to check.
Free car parking is offered for all departing passengers for up to a period of 15 days. This is available in car parks P1 and P2 and does not need to be booked in advance; passengers can simply turn up on the day. After 15 days, parking is charged at £10 per day.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport free of charge.
There is one information service centre located directly between the entrance and exit of the main terminal. Here, customers can get local information, book hotels and make general enquiries. The information service centre is open 08:00 until 18:00 every day.
Service Centre: +44 844 482 7171
Blackpool Airport is completely accessible for passengers with reduced mobility. There are a number of disabled persons’ parking spaces, disabled persons’ bathrooms and ramps throughout the terminal. There is also priority boarding and wheelchairs are available for those who require them. Simply ask at the help desk on arrival.
Restaurants and Bars
Although there are no restaurants, there are a number of places that offer snacks and refreshments for passengers. These venues are widely available throughout the terminal, including a Bar Icon in Departures selling drinks, including alcoholic beverages, hot and cold foods, and snacks.
Money and ATMs
There are no money exchange facilities within the airport; however, there is one ATM located between the entrance and exit of the main terminal. This cash machine only dispenses pounds sterling.
In the Departures lounge, there is a large airport boutique offering perfume and skin care products by a number of brands such as Gucci, Hugo Boss, L’Oreal and Giorgio Armani. There are also shops where passengers can stock up on travel items along with duty-free wines and spirits.