The well-known sportsman, who played for Queen of the South and Carlisle United, died at the age 96 in April.
A group of protesters are outside the airport gates to protest the impact daily flights could have on the environment.
From an RAF base to a music venue, it's had many uses over the years. Today the first commercial flights in more than 25 years take off.
All you need to know about Carlisle Lake District Airport and its launch.
The Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed the return of commercial flights to Carlisle Lake District Airport in the House of Commons.
Mrs May made the remark in response to Conservative Carlisle MP John Stevenson, who asked for government support for Carlisle and the Borderlands.
Mr Stevenson informed her that from 4 June she will be able to fly to Carlisle for the first time in 30 years.
Commercial and business passenger flights will use Carlisle Lake District Airport for the first time since 1993.