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Carlisle airport set for summer opening

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Passenger flights are due to commence from Carlisle Lake District Airport on 4 June, the facility’s owners, the Stobart Group, has confirmed.

For the first time since 1993, the airport will offer business passenger flights to London, Belfast and Dublin.

A new steel-framed two-storey terminal building has been erected by Border Steelwork Structures and is expected to be completed, along with runway works, by early Spring.

Kate Willard, Head of Corporate Projects at Stobart Group, said: “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.”

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has put almost £5M into a project to improve the runway and terminal. The organisation’s Executive Director, Graham Haywood, said: “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. Increasing the numbers of high-spending international visitors is a key target.

“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.”

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