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Carlisle Airport plans get £5million government funding

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Passenger flights from Carlisle Airport to London, Belfast, Dublin and some USA cities could be a step closer to reality with nearly £5-million of government funding.

The £4.75million, which comes from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, will be used to improve the runway and terminal.

It will allow the creation of new passengers routes to Belfast, London Southend and Dublin, plus an international hub with direct flights to most of Europe and cities in the US including New York, Boston and Washington.

The development of the airport, owned by Stobart Group, would also be used to move freight by air.

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The Local Enterprise Partnership has also invested £784,000 in the University of Cumbria's new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) labs, to address the area’s skills shortages.

Carlisle airport is crucial to Cumbria’s growth ambitions. It is a key strategic asset for the county. Developing the airport’s passenger offer will play an important role in maximisingCumbria’s tourism potential by helping to increase international visits. It will also allow easier business travel to and from the county.

“The airport will also help facilitate wider economic growth, and reinforce Cumbria’s position in the nuclear and renewable energy sectors. It has the potential to become a strategically significant logistics hub.

“It could also enable a number of sectors to move freight by air, therefore reducing congestion on the road and rail network. “

– Rob Johnston, Board member of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and CEO of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce