Flying started in Blackpool in 1909 the year that Britain's first official public flying meeting was held at Squires Gate, which is where the present airport is located. The displays were watched by a crowd of 200,000. At various times in its history the Squires Gate land has served as a horse racing course, a military convalescent home and a Royal Air Force Airfield during the Second world War. In 1949 it became a civil airport and since then has gone from strength to strength, and current forecasts predict passenger numbers in the order of three-quarters of a million.

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This is Lancashire's New International Airport providing flights to more than 25 European airports. It has the capacity to handle two million passengers annually, and an open plan departure lounge capable of seating up to six hundred people. There is a new bar and restaurant, conferencing and business facilities and a boutique for tax and duty free shopping, which offers a large range of branded perfumes as well as other popular products and designer goods. There is an executive lounge, car parking, and car hire facilities. Based at the airport there are also flying training schools, and in addition pleasure flights can be booked with operators who have their base there.