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Potential £8 million for Carlisle airport welcomed by MP

Carlisle airport can apply for up to £8 million to help it recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps opened the Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme to support commercial airports across England to cover losses on costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including airfield operations, contracted services such as airfield and runway maintenance, and business rate bills

The scheme is open for applications until February 21 and successful applications should receive their funding by the end of the financial year.

Conservative Penrith and the Border MP Dr Neil Hudson said: “I am thrilled that Carlisle Airport has the potential to receive up to £8 million to help it protect jobs during these challenging times.

“I hope that this funding application marks a turning point for the airport – which is so important for our community and wider region.

“I will continue to work with stakeholders, colleagues and Government to support a viable future for our airport which has been hit so hard by this pandemic.”