Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes Carlisle airport opening
Published on: Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed the return of flights to and from Carlisle airport.
Mrs May, who visited Cumbria earlier this week, was responding to a statement by Carlisle MP John Stevenson in the House of Commons this afternoon.
The first commercial flights since 1993 will start on June 4 from the airport, renamed Carlisle Lake District Airport by owners Stobart Group.
Mr Stevenson, a Conservative MP, said: "A couple of weeks ago the Prime Minister indicated that she was minded to visit my constituency of Carlisle.
"I’m delighted to inform the Prime Minister that from June 4, she will be able to fly into Carlisle on a commercial flight for the first time in 30 years."
He added that Carlisle was the "beating heart" of the Borderlands region, but if the city and the Borderlands were to thrive, they would need government support.
Mrs May replied: "Can I first of all join my Right Honourable Friend in welcoming the return of commercial flights to Carlisle Airport – this will allow more people to access the Borderlands region.
"He talks about support for the Borderlands, of course the Borderlands Growth Deal, which the Chancellor committed to is an important part of that, and I would like to congratulate my Honourable Friend on his recent appoint as Borderlands Growth Deal Champion."
Flights will be operated by Scottish airline Loganair and will fly daily to London Southend, Dublin and Belfast City airports from June 4.
Loganair will operate eight flights a day across the working week and 12 at weekends.
Stobart Group recently announced that free parking will be made available at Carlisle airport. have announced that people will be able to access free parking.
Mrs May visited Ulverston on Monday, ahead of the local government elections this week.