Carlisle Lake District Airport
Carlisle Lake District Airport services the city of Carlisle in Cumbria, England. The airport is operated by Stobart Group on a 150 year lease which expires in 2150. The airport plans to receive scheduled services in summer 2016.
May-2016. Stobart Group CEO Andrew Tinkler stated Carlisle Lake District Airport is planning to complete runway improvements by summer 2016 and "have the airport ready for scheduled flights by Oct-2016".
Mar-2015. Stobart Group reported work has commenced on the construction of its GBP12 million (USD18.4 million) distribution centre at Carlisle Airport for completion in Sep-2015, and work has commenced on ground investigation works and design for potential future airport developments.
Feb-2015. Stobart Group CEO Andrew Tinkler said Carlisle Lake District Airport will be developed in two phases. The first phase will include the development of the runway to allow scheduled passenger services and construction of a small cargo distribution facility. The second phase will commence when cash flow and market conditions improve and involves expansion of the distribution centre to 394,000sqft among other developments. Stobart Group aims to commence twice daily London Southend and daily Dublin services in 2015.
Dec-2014. Stobart Air confirmed work has commenced on a GBP12 million renovation programme a part of which the initial phase of the project will see the construction of a freight distribution centre. Stobart Air said the air distribution centre should be completed by mid-2015, with the carrier noting: "The intention is that passenger flights will eventually operate from Carlisle Lake District Airport to Stobart Group's sister airport at London Southend. The other key route will be to Dublin Airport, providing opportunities for seamless connections to a number of destinations across the USA and Canada."
Oct-2014. The Stobart Group stated the company has commenced a business planning exercise designed to attract airlines, passengers and related operations to the airport. Stobart said: "In particular, we are considering a London service and a Dublin route connecting to transatlantic destinations".
Aug-2014. Plans for a multi million-pound redevelopment of Carlisle Airport have been approved. City councillors backed resubmitted proposals for a freight terminal and revamped runway. Stobart Air said it expected work on the GBP20 million project, which also includes car parking and a fire station, would start before the end of 2014. The company said it retained long-term plans to reintroduce limited passenger services to the airport. Stobart Group CEO Andrew Tinkler said that work could begin within "a couple of months" provided there are no legal challenges.
Jun-2014. Stobart Group invested an extra GBP250,000 p/a into its plans to redevelop Carlisle Airport. The company has lodged new documents with the city council, pledging the funds to airline operators while Aer Arann (Stobart Air), which Stobart has a 45% stake in – has confirmed it is interested in operating service to the airport. The move comes after the High Court quashed planning permission granted by the city council in Mar-2014 due to a lack of detail about the venture’s commercial viability, which the cash injection aims to address. Documents lodged with the council this month said Stobart “intended to grow Stobart Air significantly, following the completion of development at London Southend Airport”. “Once planning approval is obtained for the developments at Carlisle Lake District Airport, Stobart Air would invest in new airport infrastructure to upgrade the facilities at Carlisle airport, including runway resurfacing and new aircraft stands, and commerce services from Carlisle to Southend and Dublin.” The documents said it had provided a “robust business plan” which showed planned services were based on “reasonably priced ticket fares”. It plans to invest GBP20.36 million into a new distribution centre at the airport, aircraft stands, runways and a terminal and fire station.
May-2014. Stobart Air will submit a new planning application for its proposed redevelopment of Carlisle Airport. Planning consent, initially granted by Carlisle City Council, was rejected in Mar-2014 by a planning judge who deemed viability forecasts for the project defective.
Stobart Air, a division of Stobart Group, has been given the go-ahead to develop Carlisle Lake District Airport, after its planning application was approved on 03-Aug-2012 by Carlisle City Council’s development control committee. The application sought planning permission for the erection of a 374,000sqft distribution centre, along with the raising and re-profiling of the main runway at the airport, and the decision has helped to safeguard over 800 jobs in the local area. The development control committee passed the development after hearing how the distribution centre, which would house key Eddie Stobart warehousing contracts, would deliver the rental income required to help upgrade airport facilities and allow passenger services to commence. As part of the supporting evidence, Aer Arran identified that passenger routes from Carlisle to Dublin and the Stobart-owned London Southend Airport would be sustainable and would successfully integrate into its current network. This link to Southend, where Stobart Group recently invested over GBP100 million in upgrades and now operates flights to 13 overseas destinations through easyJet and Aer Arran services, would also create additional revenue streams for the Group.
Oct-2014. Planning permission obtained and the company has commenced a business planning exercise designed to attract airlines, passengers and related operations to the airport; in particular, a London service and a Dublin route connecting to transatlantic destinations.
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