13 AUGUST 2012
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Cumbria could have an air link to London by next autumn after Carlisle City Council last week gave Stobart Air, a division of Stobart Group, the go-ahead to develop Carlisle Lake District Airport.
As part of the supporting evidence for the application, Irish airline Aer Arran identified that passenger routes from Carlisle to Dublin and Stobart-owned Southend Airport would be sustainable and would successfully integrate into its current network. Southend was recently officially designated by IATA (see BTN 6 August) with the London prefix.
The application sought planning permission for the erection of a 374,000sq ft distribution centre, along with the raising and re-profiling of the main 1800m runway at the airport.
Andrew Tinkler, Stobart Group Chief Executive, said: “The decision is extremely positive for the people of Cumbria as it will drive the economy, boost tourism and safeguard over 800 direct and indirect jobs. The freight distribution centre will allow Eddie Stobart to attract new clients while providing the rental income required to develop Carlisle Airport and commence passenger operations. Additional Group revenue streams will be realised as we link Carlisle and Southend airports to give passengers seamless connections to Europe”. www.carlisleairport.co.uk
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