Commercial flights are set to resume from Carlisle Lake District airport for the first time in 25 years.

The airport, part of the Stobart Group which also owns Southend airport, said it plans to resume commercial flights on June 4 serving cities such as London, Dublin and Belfast.

Although details of the airlines and exact routes that will operate from Carlisle Lake District airport have yet to be announced.

The reopening of the airport to commercial services for the first time since 1993 is being made possible by a commitment by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to provide £4.95 million to fund the development.

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.”

Willard added that the aim of the project was to “support the local economy through the development of a sustainable and really fantastic airport”.

Currently the airport is used for private jets as well as flying schools, helicopters and military aircraft.

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