Scheduled passenger flights should be taking off from Carlisle Airport by spring next year.
Routes will include Carlisle to London Southend, Belfast and Dublin.
The Stobbart Group says runway improvements are due to be completed by October.
There has been widespread support from businesses in Cumbria after Carlisle City Council gave initial approval to redevelop the city's airport. The plans could still be blocked by further appeals by objectors, but many business leaders are hoping it's approved...
A £25m revamp of Carlisle airport which would see passenger flights across the UK and Ireland looks set to go ahead after the local council granted permission.
The Stobart Group who own the site say that today's decision could bring 500 jobs to the area. Opponents are still considering whether or not to appeal against it.
City councillors in Carlisle have approved the Stopart Groups plans to develop Carlisle airport. It is not yet known whether or not opponents will seek a judicial review of the decision
The application for the 25 million pounds Carlisle Airport redevelopment is being considered by city councillors today. A number of local residents have objected to the plans. The Stobart Group wants to introduce scheduled passenger flights and build a 394,000sq ft freight-distribution centre.