A provisional green light has been given to developers for plans to revamp Carlisle Airport and make it the home of new airline Stobart Air, which currently manages the site.
Repeatedly the subject of botched airline plans and unprofitable flight ventures, the north-west hub now looks set for a new lease of life and a major revamp after the city council gave its provisional backing to Stobart Air’s £25 million plan.
The plans would see a new runway built, while a passenger terminal, air traffic control centres hangars, offices and warehouseing would make it possible for the site to accommodate both passenger services to London and the freight haulage operations of new airline founder Eddie Stobart.
Stobart Air boss Andrew Tinkler has now pushed Carlisle City Council to grant full approval to the plan, threatening to drop it and leave the hub in limbo once more if the process is stalled.
He told local paper the News and Star: "At the moment I am really pleased the council minded to approve. Now I’ve got to go through the conditions and see if I can meet them – if they want a gold runway it’s not going to work. We have to wait another seven days and I’m going to put pressure on to make sure the decision is taken next week."
A 2002 government paper on UK aviation capacity claimed that Carlisle Airport was capable of handling in the region of 0.7 to one million passengers per year by 2030, should a new terminal be built.