Recognised as the gateway to
the Lake District and southern
Scotland, Carlisle has received a
£4.95M boost to its connectivity as
the city’s airport gets a significant upgrade.
The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership
(LEP) has provided the investment, which is
being used to improve the runway and build
a new terminal building.
The work has also proven to be the
catalyst for the Stobart Group, which
owns and operates Carlisle Lake District
Airport, to announce that it plans to begin
commercial flights to London Southend
Airport, Belfast and Dublin from 4 June.
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce CEO
and Board Member of Cumbria LEP Rob
Johnston says: “Carlisle Lake District
Airport is crucial to Cumbria’s growth
ambitions. It is a key strategic asset for the
county. Developing the airport’s passenger
offer will play an important role in
maximising Cumbria’s tourism potential, as
well as allowing easier business travel to and
from the county.”
It is also hoped the airport will aid wider
economic growth, and reinforce the county’s
position in the nuclear and renewable
energy sectors, as the facility has the
potential to become a regional logistics hub.
This is borne out by the fact that a 21-acre
distribution scheme, known as Eden Park,
has begun on a previously unused part of
So far one Stobart-owned steel-framed
air freight distribution centre has been
completed, but several more, ranging in size
from 1,400m2 to 30,000m2, are planned in
the near future.
A new roundabout on the A689 and an
access road have been completed to serve
the initial distribution centre amenities,
which will also link to the new terminal.
Construction work at the airport began
towards the end of last year with completion
set for the end of May. As well as resurfacing
the 1,800m-long runway, the works consist
of the construction of a new steel-framed
terminal building along with associated
aprons, taxiways, car parking and a new
airport access road.
Located on a previously unused part of
the airfield, the new two-storey terminal
building will accommodate offices on the
upper level, with the arrivals/departures
lounge, baggage area and a cafe on the
Carlisle Lake District Airport has received significant investment
to build a new steel-framed terminal building, which will allow
the facility to begin commercial flights this summer.
The terminal building’s
upper floor will
Carlisle Lake District
Stobart Rail & Civils
Steel tonnage: 700t
The terminal is 60m
long and has two floors