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Passenger flights from Carlisle Airport to begin in June

Carlisle Lake District Airport Photo: ITV Border

Passenger flights from Carlisle Airport will begin on 4 June, Stobart Group confirmed today (23 January).

Commercial and business passenger flights will use Carlisle Lake District Airport for the first time since 1993.

The airport will connect Cumbria and the Lake District, which receives 41.5 million visitors per year, with major tourism and business hubs including London, Dublin and Belfast.

The Head of Corporate Projects at Stobart Group said they are looking forward to attracting new visitors to the area:

We 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 to Cumbria and the surrounding area and that we are able to support the local economy through the development of a sustainable and really fantastic airport.”

– Kate Willard, Head of corporate projects, Stobart Group

The project has received the support of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), with a commitment of £4.95m for the development of the airport.

The Executive Director of the Cumbria LEP added:

Carlisle Lake District Airport will have a huge impact on Cumbria’s visitor economy and is also a key strategic business asset for the county. Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is investing £4.95m to help make improvements to the airport's runway and the terminal.

That will enable passengers to fly from Carlisle to London, Belfast and Dublin, with onward flights to international cities.

Increasing the numbers of high-spending international visitors is a key target within Cumbria LEP’s Rural and Visitor Economy Growth Plan and will help widen the county's international connectivity. Developing the airport’s passenger offer will provide smoother, quicker access to local tourism attractions and help to increase international tourism visits.

As well as growing visitor numbers and supporting tourism businesses, development of the airport will open up more commercial industry opportunities, especially in key sectors, such as logistics, nuclear and advanced manufacturing.

Improving key transport infrastructure facilities like the airport helps boost economic growth and can act as a catalyst for creating new business hubs and attracting private sector investment."

– Graham Haywood, executive director, Cumbria LEP