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Cumbria set for ‘huge’ boost once flights launch from Carlisle Airport

Flights are expected to launch in the summer of 2018 Photo: ITV Border

Carlisle Airport will have a "huge impact" on Cumbria's economy once passenger flights launch in the summer of 2018, according to a group of local private and public sector leaders.

A delegation from the county's Local Enterprise Partnership visited the airport this morning to discuss the impact it could have on local business.

They discussed plans including how scheduling and transport links will work.

There has been a lot of scepticism over whether or not commercial flights will actually run from Carlisle, but the group running the airport insist they will begin next summer.

The Chair of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Visitor Economy Advisory Group said:

Carlisle Lake District Airport will have a huge impact on Cumbria’s visitor economy.

Increasing the numbers of high spending international visitors is a key target within the LEP’s Rural and Visitor Economy Growth Plan.

We welcome the opportunity to work with Stobart Aviation at this early stage to ensure the airport works within the context of the visitor economy.”

– Nigel Wilkinson, Chair of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership
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The LEP provides a lead for all activities contributing to the growth of the County’s economy, and has committed £4.75 million of Growth Deal funding towards the project.

Passengers will be able to fly to London, Belfast and Dublin, with onward flights to some USA cities, from Carlisle Lake District Airport.

The Head of Corporate Projects at Stobart Group commented:

We want to work with businesses across Cumbria, including the visitor economy, to help grow the local economy.

This visit demonstrates that Stobart is very excited about local partnerships and engaging with Cumbrian businesses to make Carlisle Airport the brilliant and sustainable success that Cumbria needs and deserves.

We plan to commence the first new commercial flights from the airport in the summer of 2018 and look forward to working with partners in the visitor economy over these next months to help develop packages and promotions to make sure that our air services match the needs of our visitors, that we are able to attract new visitors and that ultimately, we are able to support the visitor economy through the development of a sustainable and really fantastic airport.”

– Kate Willard, Head of Corporate Projects, Stobart Group