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Flights from Carlisle Airport delayed by 3 months

Carlisle Lake District Airport Credit: ITV Border

Flights from Carlisle Lake District Airport, which were planned for Monday 4 June, have now been postponed until Monday 3 September 2018.

A shortage of qualified air traffic control staff and regulatory deadlines has resulted in the airport being unable to open on 4 June.

All passengers are being contacted by the airline and provided with the option of a full refund or assistance with alternative flights from Manchester or Glasgow.

The airport will still open in June for general aviation traffic.

This major project to launch air services from a new airport relies not only on the airport’s infrastructure being complete but also on a full complement of essential operational staff being in place.

Regrettably, changing circumstances around staffing means that this cannot be completed in time for the airport to receive scheduled flights as planned on 4 June, despite every possible human effort being made.

We know just how much this airport means to the people of Cumbria, South Scotland and the wider North West region and remain fully and wholeheartedly committed to working with all of our partners towards the new September launch date.”

– Kate Willard, Head of Corporate Projects for Stobart Group

Together with our partners, Stobart Aviation, we reluctantly had to take the decision to delay the launch of flights to London Southend, Dublin and Belfast City.

This is hugely disappointing for everyone, especially our customers. We remain fully committed to our partnership with Stobart Aviation to commence regular commercial services from Carlisle Lake District in September.

We’re working hard to inform all passengers and we completely appreciate the frustration which disruption to travel plans can cause. We have taken the decision to delay to September to provide the greatest level of certainty that the new target date for the introduction of services will be met, allowing the travelling public to book with confidence.”

– Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair's Managing Director

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This video was filmed with in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority's drone regulations.


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

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