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Northern Powerhouse Minister: Cumbria infrastructure to be reviewed alongside airport investment

The Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, has been visiting Carlisle Airport today as nearly £5million government funding was announced.

Mr Berry told ITV Border that the transport network throughout the county would also be reviewed, to improve connectivity to the airport:

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Stobart boss: Carlisle Airport could run domestic passenger flights within the next year

The boss of Stobart group, which owns Carlisle Airport, says passenger flights to UK destinations could be taking off by summer 2018.

£4.75-million government funding from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership will be used to improve the runway and terminal.

We asked Stobart CEO, Andrew Tinkler, what the future of passenger flights from Carlisle Airport is going to look like:

Investigation into Carlisle-bound light aircraft crash

The aircraft was bound for Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

The Air Accident Investigation Branch has been called in after two men died in a light aircraft crash off the coast of Argyll.

The plane, which took off from Oban, was expected to land at Carlisle Airport at around 1pm on Thursday.

The bodies of two men and some wreckage were found in the sea near Skipness.

Police Scotland have not named the men.

The bodies of two men and some wreckage from the aircraft were recovered in the sea near to Skipness, Argyll. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the identities of the two men on board and post-mortem examinations will be carried out in due course.

– Police Scotland Spokesperson

Road blocked after car transporter crash

The car transporter left the road. Credit: ITV Border

The A689 road outside Carlisle Airport has been partially blocked after an accident involving a car transporter that left the road.

The vehicle, which was carrying a number of cars, left the road at around 10am this morning.

Police are directing traffic at the scene, and the road has been blocked between the airport turn off and Ruleholme turn off.

The car transporter left the road. Credit: ITV Border
The car transporter left the road. Credit: ITV Border

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Hundreds watch Vulcan Bomber fly over Carlisle

Hundreds of people witnessed a Vulcan Bomber fly over Carlisle Airport this afternoon.

The Avro Vulcan XH558 is 55 years old and is conducting a farewell flight tour.

Vulcan Bomber to fly over Carlisle Airport

A Vulcan Bomber is flying over Carlisle Airport Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Vulcan Bomber is flying over Carlisle Airport for the final time as part of its two-day salute to the V-Force, Farewell to Flight Tour 2015.

After surviving the Cold War Era and The Falklands, Avro Vulcan XH558 is 55 years old and is the last one to fly.

Work officially gets underway on Carlisle Airport

Construction site at Crosby-on-Eden Credit: ITV Border News

After years of delay, legal challenge and uncertainty, the initial phase on the redevelopment of Carlisle Lake District airport at Crosby-on-Eden kicked off at 11am today.

Stobart Group chief executive Andrew Tinkler was there to watch over the construction work.

The companies aim is for passenger flights to go to Dublin and Southend.

Full report: Carlisle Airport proposals approved

Plans to develop Carlisle Airport have been approved at a special council meeting.

Councillors voted in favour of the £20 million proposals by the Stobart Group - they want to increase freight and improve the runway.

It also means passenger flights from the airport may have moved a step closer.

Katie Hunter has this report:

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