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Outbreak of common sense at Blackpool !

Old 9th Nov 2010, 17:16
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Outbreak of common sense at Blackpool !

I dropped into Blackpool at the weekend, and braced myself for the usual dice with inter-galactic spaceport style security and charges - and was pleasantly surprised to find that things have changed somewhat for the better.

The Big Yellow "C" has moved away from the fire station exit (about 100 yards to the right of the main terminal), and the GA parking likewise. The procedure now is simply to let yourself out of a secure gate, and you're out into the big wide world. On returning, you check in to the reception at the newly put together GA handling office (I forget its name), you pay the fee and then walk back in through the same gate (they buzz you in). No wrestling with security types, body scanners etc - as I say, a return to common sense.

The GA lounge has toilets, a comfortable PC-equipped briefing room and a kitchen which you're welcome to use to make tea/coffee. All in all not bad. The fees are still on the high side, but to be honest not much worse then I pay at a lot of places these days, and better than some - and the facilities are, as I say, much better than a lot of places.

The last twice I've been to Blackpool, the main terminal has been like a desert. I do wonder if this is an attempt to at least attract some custom back, in light of their ambition to become Gatwick-by't-sea having fallen on its a*se ? (I understand PAX numbers are 50% of what they were 5 years ago)

Anyway, nice to report something positive for a change !
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 17:30
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And a free landing this month, with the voucher from Pilot as long as you uplift 50 litres of fuel.
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 18:12
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And how much is the fuel?

(I really shouldn't be so cynical )
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 18:19
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Quite reasonable (if that can be true of fuel prices anywhere!!)

Certainly cheaper than EGCB

This site has all the info www.TheHangar.co.uk - UK AVGAS Price Data
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 19:43
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The procedure now is simply to let yourself out of a secure gate, and you're out into the big wide world. On returning, you check in to the reception at the newly put together GA handling office (I forget its name), you pay the fee and then walk back in through the same gate
All I can say is, enjoy it while it lasts. Yemeni cargo issues are driving yet another knee-jerk and any airport with commercial traffic will sooner or later demand that all airside access is via full scanner + search facilities.
And I'm trying not to let my bitter experience get in the way of my judgement.
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Old 9th Nov 2010, 20:46
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Yes it is much better

Having been one of the harshest critics of Blackpool and never wanting to return following the visits a few years back I was forced to go to Blackpool as one of my aircraft had "gone tech".

The place has indeed vastly improved and I congratulate those who made these changes, it was a plesant surprize!
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