Carlisle Lake District airport intends to take advantage of how popular the Lake District is by introducing commercial flights next year, in 2018.
The Stobart Group has owned Carlisle Airport since 2009 and has been given £4.75m to build improvements into the airports runway, terminals etc. It is now planning to link up with London, Dublin and Belfast.
The CEO of Stobart Group, Andrew Tinkler, has stated the ambitions for this venture, ‘It's massive [tourism], probably second biggest after London, so I think through the summer it'd be very busy.” However, Mr Tinklers promised a similar thing last year in May saying that passenger services would start at the airport “by this time next year,” and we are now going into July and it only seems now be getting going.
The money for the upgrade was awarded by the LEP (Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership). These use funds from the Government which helps boost the region’s economy. A board member from the LEP said that the airport is a crucial part of Cumbria’s growth ambitions and that “it is a key strategic asset for the county”
This news comes with the Lake District about to find out as to whether it is going to become the country’s 31st world heritage site. The success of this will most likely boost the tourist numbers to the area.
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