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Airport plans given green light

Artist's impression of new Carlisle Airport building
The proposals were scaled down after calls for a public inquiry

Multi-million pound plans for the development of Carlisle Airport have been given the go-ahead.

Owners Stobart Air submitted scaled-down proposals after its initial application led to calls for a public inquiry in April.

These have now been approved by Carlisle City Council.

The runway, which dates back to the 1940s, will be refurbished and there will be improvements to airport buildings and freight facilities.

There are hopes the increase in commercial and freight traffic will boost Cumbria's economy.

Simon Sjenitzer, from regeneration agency Cumbria Vision, said: "The development of Carlisle Airport is a major building block in Cumbria's economic future and we are delighted that Stobart Air Ltd has been given the green light.

"In the current economic climate, an airport offering freight and commercial flights would be a real boost and help make businesses in Cumbria more competitive on the national and international stage.

"Along with plans to utilise the county's links to the M6 and West Coast Mainline, it will also help fuel Carlisle's exciting transformation into Cumbria's commercial hub."



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