BRITAIN'S FIRST AIRPORT TO OPEN IN 20 YEARS!
After more than 25 years, scheduled passenger flights have returned to Carlisle Lake District Airport, with Scottish Airline, Loganair operating routes to Dublin, Belfast, and London Southend.
Originally planned to reopen in June 2018, but due to issues recruiting staff for the airport, including air traffic control staff, the Airport Owner, Stobart Group decided to schedule the opening to a later date.
In 2017, Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership gave the airport £4.75 million to upgrade the terminal and runway.
With these upgrades, the airport can handle aircraft up to the size of Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s.
The terminal is only able to handle 80 passengers per aircraft, so Loganair is using Saab 340s, which seat 33 passengers.
The first flight was to Dublin and was blessed by the Archdeacon of Carlisle, Lee Townend.
Although the airport had no commercial passenger operations since 1993, private aircraft and flying schools have been based there and have been frequently used by the military.
Not every story is all happy endings...
The climate change activists of Extinction Rebellion were outside the gates of the airport during the reopening, protesting the impact that the daily flights will have on the environment.
"We do recognise that the local airport is now operational, but respectfully ask potential users to please question the necessity of any flights they wish to make and consider all reasonable alternatives before booking a flight."
- Extinction Rebellion