Blackpool Airport now has flights to Albert Picardie Airport in Northern France

First flights to and from France take off in April

The buzz words amongst the staff at Blackpool Airport are ‘Vive La France! as they get set to launch their new seasonal service that will run to and from the Albert Picardie Airport that is in Northern France. The service will also bring many new visitors to Lancashire as it gets itself ready for a year of iconic and exciting events such as the Preston Guild and The Open golf championship at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s.

Albert is twinned with the Cumbrian town of Ulverston and teams representing the two towns are meeting again at Easter to play football for the Cyril Barker Shield that is contested annually. The new flights will be on selected dates between April-August 2012 and will take passengers from the Lake District and Lancashire to Albert, which is in the heart of the region of Somme.

As well as giving easy access to beautiful Somme bay, this new route will also provide a new gateway to Paris and all the wonders of Disneyland Paris.

Flights are being operated by Danish Air Transport (DAT) on an ATR 72-200 aircraft which can hold up to 66 passengers.

Paul Rankin, Airport Director at Blackpool said: “We are delighted to announce these new flights to and from France and we are looking forward to welcoming people into our fantastic county during what promises to be a thrilling year.  Of course, the new service also means we can offer another brilliant destination to the people of Lancashire and the Lake District, giving them even more choice direct from their local airport.”

Prices start from £95 and bookings can be taken either by visiting DAT’s website:  or visiting Airport Direct Travel at www.