Another high-profile politician has backed the launch of commercial flights at Carlisle Lake District Airport today. Conservative MP and former minister Grant Shapps said the airport was a “fantastic example for the rest of the country”.
Shapps, who chairs the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on General Aviation (GA), made the remarks as he arrived at Carlisle Lake District Airport for a tour of the facilities.
His visit comes just over a month ahead of Thursday 4 July, when Carlisle Lake District Airport will see commercial flights take-off for the first time in more than 25 years.
The airport has teamed-up with Lognair, Scotland’s regional airline, to offer routes to and from London Southend Airport, Belfast City Airport and Dublin Airport, opening Cumbria and the Lake District region to the South East of England, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland.
The routes are on sale and tickets are available via www.loganair.co.uk. Fares to Belfast City start from £39.99 and to Dublin and London Southend from £44.99.
Grants Shapps MP, chair of the APPG on GA, said: “It is great to be visiting this impressive new airport that is providing highly skilled and paid jobs, as well as providing a major boost to the local economy. I wish Stobart all the best of luck and it’s a fantastic example for the rest of the country.”