New Lake District flights to boost tourism

Passenger flights will launch at Carlisle Lake District Airport on June 4, for the first time since 1993.

Stobart Group, which owns and operates the airport, said the new flights will connect Cumbria and the Lake District – which receives 41.5 million visitors per year – with major tourism and business hubs including London, Dublin and Belfast.

The project is supported by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is investing £4.95 million to help development the airport’s facilities.

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; that we are able to attract new visitors to Cumbria and the surrounding area; and that we are able to support the local economy through the development of a sustainable and really fantastic airport.”

Graham Haywood, executive director of the Cumbria LEP, added: “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.

“Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is investing £4.95 million to help make improvements to the airport’s runway and the terminal.

“Increasing the numbers of high-spending international visitors is a key target within Cumbria LEP’s Rural and Visitor Economy Growth Plan and will help widen the county’s international connectivity.

“Developing the airport’s passenger offer will provide smoother, quicker access to local tourism attractions and help to increase international tourism visits.

“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.”

Stobart Group also owns London Southend Airport and regional carrier Stobart Air – which was formerly known as Aer Arann.

Stobart Air is currently operating under the Aer Lingus and Flybe brands with 17 aircraft carrying about two million customers a year.