Carlisle Lake District Airport is set to open to commercial flights this summer for the first time since 1993.
The airport’s owner Stobart Group said today the airport will connect Cumbria and the Lake District, which receives 41.5m visitors a year, with major tourism and business hubs including London, Dublin and Belfast.
The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is also supporting the project with £4.95 million for the airport, which will enable passengers to fly from Carlise to international cities via major hubs in the UK and Ireland.
Backers of the project are also eyeing high-spending international visitors as a way to “help widen the county’s international connectivity”.
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.”
Flights will start from 3 June.