Airports near Cumbria
Cumbria has its own airport, Carlisle Airport, which is at present primarily a hub for freight and private flights.
Plans to develop the site have been ongoing since it was acquired by Stobart Group in 2009. The company aims to relocate the group headquarters to the airport site and bring the airport back to a standard that will enable commercial passenger flights to recommence. For more information on these development plans visit the Carlisle Airport website. A study detailing the economic impact of the proposed development can be found at the Useful Documents section of this site.
Cumbria is well served by some of Britain's busiest airports, which can cater for passenger and freight. Glasgow and Edinburgh airports can be reached in a couple of hours, Newcastle to the east and Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds to the south.
Glasgow Airport is located 8 miles (13 km) south west of Glasgow city centre, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire.
In 2009 the airport handled 7,225,021 passengers, an 11.7% annual reduction, making it the second busiest in Scotland, after Edinburgh Airport, and the eighth busiest airport in the United Kingdom. It was the first airport in Scotland to handle over one million passengers in one month, in July 2004. The airport is owned and operated by BAA Airports Ltd
Passenger traffic at Edinburgh Airport has increased every year since 1997, except in 2008 when a slight drop was recorded. In 2009, a record 9,049,355 passengers used the airport with 115,969 aircraft movements recorded.
The airport is owned and operated by BAA Airports Ltd
The airport mainly serves Northumberland, Tyneside and Wearside. Passengers from Cumbria, North Yorkshire and southern Scotland also use the airport, the nearest similar sized airport being Leeds Bradford Airport to the south and the larger Edinburgh and Glasgow International airports to the north. In terms of passenger numbers, Newcastle is the third largest airport in the North of England, Manchester Airport being the largest and Liverpool Airport following.
In recent years the airport has been steadily expanding, accommodating helicopter operations for British Gas, and attracting scheduled flights from budget airlines, including Jet2.com, and also scheduled services by smaller operators to the Isle of Man.
Since World War II, the airport has also been a thriving centre for private, club and general aviation. Ryanair have since left the airport.
The airport provides regular direct flights to destinations worldwide by 84 airlines. North American carriers at Manchester include American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways.
The only UK operator serving the USA market is Virgin Atlantic. Airlines serving the Asian market include Air Blue, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Until 2007 it was one of Europe's fastest growing airports, having increased its annual passenger numbers from 875,000 in 1998 to 5.47 million.
CAA UK airport statistics show that the number of passengers during 2009 reduced by 8.4% compared with 2008, to 4.9 million, making Liverpool the tenth busiest airport in the United Kingdom. However, CAA stats released 23rd July 2010 for the 1st half of 2010 show a 5.45% increase over the 1st half of 2009.
Carlisle Airport is at present primarily a hub for freight and private flights. Plans to develop the site have been ongoing since it was acquired by Stobart Group in 2009. The company aims to relocate the group headquarters to the airport site and bring the airport back to a standard that will enable commercial passenger flights to recommence. This included the re-surfacing of the existing runway to accept larger aircraft as part of a £21 million development. Ryanair also expressed an interest in using the completed airport as a hub.
Work on the airport terminal has been ongoing since 1996, and the result of this has been significant growth in terminal size and passenger facilities. In 2007 nearly 2.9 million passengers passed through the airport, an 88% increase in just seven years and more than twice as many compared with 1997 (1.2 million).