22 APRIL 2019
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After 25 years, the renamed Carlisle Lake District Airport is to reopen for scheduled airline services on 4 July with Loganair as the lead carrier.
Carrying the IATA code CAX, the airport is just six miles from the M6 motorway.
The initial destinations will be Belfast, Dublin and Southend using 33-seat Saab 340 aircraft. Typical flight time to Southend will be 1hr 25min, to which can be added the simple station transfer and 53min journey to London Liverpool Street in the heart of the city (2½hr total). The fastest train is 3hr 21min to Euston.
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has put almost £5m into a project to improve the airport runway and terminal. 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”.
Stobart Group, which owns the 460-acre site, recently became the new operator of Durham Tees Valley Airport and since 2008 also owns Southend Airport, investing in a state-of-the-art terminal building and the first ever purpose-built British airport mainline railway station.
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Mike Pitman, Jersey
Good to see CAX back on line. In the late 1980s I worked for a tour operator which operated a summer charter series to Jersey very successfully, for about three years. Good luck to this venture.