11 MARCH 2019
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Commercial and business flights are scheduled finally to start using Carlisle Lake District Airport from 4 July for the first time since 1993 with Loganair adding to its recent burst of activity with services to Southend, Belfast City and Dublin.
Owned by the Stobart Group, the airport (below) has already suffered two delays to its reopening, with Stobart blaming a shortage of air traffic controllers and infrastructure issues. Launches planned for last May and in September were postponed, but Stobart said then that flights would begin in spring this year.
The company said last week enough air traffic controllers had now been recruited and were undergoing the final tranche of training that will allow them to operate from Carlisle. Partnership development director Kate Willard said: “The team have been working round the clock since the start.”
Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles added: “These air services will significantly benefit the overall Carlisle and Borderlands region, attracting thousands of visitors and enhancing connectivity for those wishing to do business at both ends of the routes.”
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