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Carlisle Lake District Airport to reopen to scheduled passenger flights

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Stobart Group, owners of Southend Airport, announced yesterday that they are reopening Carlisle Lake District Airport to commercial flights for the first time since 1993.

Flights will begin on 3rd June.

Exact routes are not yet known but the airport talks of connecting “major tourism and business hubs including London, Dublin and Belfast”.  It doesn’t say which London airport but logically it would be Southend given that Stobart Group also owns that.

Stobart Air currently operates some flights under a Flybe franchise deal so it is possible that this may be used here, meaning that the flights will be bookable with, and will earn, Avios.  Stobart also operates some flights for Aer Lingus so it is possible that brand may be used for Dublin.

The airport is located six miles east of Carlisle and 20 miles north east of the National Park.  It is currently used by a number of general aviation flying schools and an aircraft maintenance facility.

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  • Andy says:

    “Carlisle Lake District” does not feel right to me at all, since it’s not really that close to the Lakes, but if it means I get better connections then I’m all for it. Booking Carlisle to Dublin and then being able to use my Avios on Aer Lingus sounds great.

    • Tim_T says:

      Really? 20 Miles is pretty close in my book and by far the closest airport to the Lake District

    • DPS says:

      Great that CAX is re-opening to commercial traffic. It’s a long time since Air Ecosse operated SD360’s LHR-CAX-DND with Home Secretary/local MP Willie Whitelaw a regular passenger!

  • Leo says:

    OT: very basic question – when applying for a new amex do I include a supp card when asked if I have another Amex. I’ve only just got a supp card for the first time!

  • Cate says:

    Completely OT and more following from yesterday’s article, how likely is it that Amex will release their new Hilton card to UK consumers?

    • Rob says:

      Nil, until Barclays gives up or loses the licence.

      And even if it does, as it would be ‘interchange fee capped’ I doubt Amex could make the maths work. Apparently the final appeal on this is due within 3 weeks.

  • Nadeshka says:

    O/T on cards
    For the platinum upgrade from Gold, does anyone know if this involves a further credit check?
    Given the rumour mill I’m looking at bringing forward an upgrade for some planned referrals, but are in the middle of getting a mortgage so want to avoid any hits on the credit record.

    • Ade says:

      Don’t take this as gospel, but

      I recently (last couple of months) did the Gold to Platinum upgrade, and there is no note on my credit report of any additional search/check.

      • Andrew S says:

        Was a hard search for me, but my credit file shows it as one continuing card rather than closing and opening a new card.

  • Dominic says:


    My curve card arrived yesterday and just getting going with it.

    You can withdraw £200 cash a month and not be charged but do any of the business customers who have had this a while know if that’s £200 a month per card or £200 total amongst your credit cards? FAQs not that clear. Thanks.

  • MarkH says:

    OT as bits – I was thinking of using my Hilton voucher for the DoubleTree Madrid – Prado. Has anyone been there and would you recommend Madrid in general?

    I am also gold but i notice there is limited scope for upgrade – just wondering if the rooms are decent enough anyway that this is not an issue.

    • pauldb says:

      Nothing can add on the hotel. Don’t rely on my view alone but personally I found Madrid a bit sterile. It will probably appeal to you more if you like palaces and museums/galleries, but personally I’m more drawn to unique sights and a dramatic setting so I would rate it behind Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome, Stockholm for example. My favourite thing in Madrid was probably wandering the backstreets as a shortcut back to our hotel.

      • Rob says:

        Tempted to agree. Something about it doesn’t grip me.

        • MarkH says:

          That confirms the general impression I was getting from looking at tripadvisor… might need to rethink…

        • Jim says:

          but Rob – you’re a Dubai type of guy. Thats says it all.

      • David says:

        There’s nothing sterile about Chueca 🙂 I *love* Madrid – far more than Barcelona for example. We’re giving Seville a go in a few weeks – booked when CE fares were cheaper than Euro Traveller with a bag.

    • Rob says:

      If you go, remember that BOTH BA and Iberia run long-haul planes with flat beds on some Madrid flights. A great excuse to book yourself into Business Class.

      Remember too that Iberia Plus has better reward availability on Iberia than

      • MarkH says:

        thanks Rob – that was one of the reasons I was considering Madrid in the first place as you’d mentioned it in an article a while back

        • JamesB says:

          Only been once but I found it very pleasant. I love Valencia and Barcelona too. It’s not difficult to do all three in one trip if you have the time, and I’d highly recommend it for the contrasts.

    • Leo says:

      This just shows what a subjective subject travel is. I REALLY like Madrid and probably prefer it to Barcelona. There are great palaces and museums etc. but it’s also really vibrant in my opinion. Great restaurants, excellent night-life – also really easy to get around. I think Madrilenos are much friendlier than their compatriots (for now) in Barcelona. I always think Barcelona is just overwhelmed with tourists – you don’t get that sense in Madrid. But it’s entirely subjective – I don’t think Madrid though is a great city for points redemptions although there is an Indigo and an IC. I think the Indigo is better located. I last stayed at the Urso Hotel which is SLH and got free breakfast due to the status I got in their loyalty program after finding out about it on here. One of the many times I’ve had cause to thank HfP.

      • RussellH says:

        We are going to Madrid in March. Again, having read HFP we have booked a BA Hols package rather than using points. My partner paid the deposit on her BA Amex and got 1500 extra Avios, there are another 700 due as a bonus for me, and I shall get nearly 1100 SPG for paying the balance with that card. And we shall get enough tier points to push me into Bronze just before my year ends.

        We have been once before – our best memory is sitting in the park feeding the ridiculously friendly squirrels.

      • Cate says:

        I see we are of the same mind Genghis :-).

      • Tilly says:

        We loved Madrid. Enjoyed exploring the city, chilling in the park, the food amd drinks. The Segway tour was great fun too!

        Personally I prefer it to Barcelona.

        We’re going to Valencia in early March. Really looking forward to it!

      • MarkH says:

        have to admit that does sound pretty good!

      • CV3V says:

        i tend to judge my holidays (and locations) not by the attractions but by how good the atmosphere and food was. In Madrid Mercado De San Miguel, or the top floor food court at El Corte Ingles (!), in Bangkok the madness of the food court in Siam Paragon. I dont get much of a sun tan on holiday.

    • Pangolin says:

      Even though I can see why others might not put Madrid top of their list, why not just go and decide for yourself?

      There are plenty of times in the year when it is an awful lot nicer to be strolling around in Madrid than it is to be stuck in the UK, and early spring or late autumn is definitely one of those times.

    • CV3V says:

      Been to Madrid 4 times, Barcelona 3 times. Barcelona has some stunning architecture but is overrun by tourists and not always the best of food.

      In Madrid every trip has been really enjoyable, hotels are better value and the food options are great. There are a few must visit tapas venues to try, on last trip i found Platea for first time, another great venue added to list. Also at Madrid airport the lounges are pretty good, quite quiet, the paid for lounge is surprisingly good.

      • CV3V says:

        by best of food i mean there are a load of tourist traps. BCN is famed for its modern cuisine.

  • Andrew S says:

    The one with the annual fee of £25/year (not the Everyday version) is tiered currently until the end of Jan:

    £30 for first
    £35 each for second and third
    £40 each for 4th – 6th referral
    £220 max total
    Prior to this promotion it was £25 each (max £125)

    • Andrew S says:

      Just double checked and prior to the promotion Amex raised the referral bonus from £25 to £30 each (max £150)

      • JamesB says:

        Thanks Andrew. Just been looking at referrals from platinum too and discovered that we cannot refer the new AECC.

  • VJ says:

    A couple of question on AMEX Cards

    1. Can you refer yourself
    2. Do you still get the referral bonus even the 6 months haven’t elapsed since last cancellation.


    • Pangolin says:

      1. No
      2. No

    • mark2 says:

      1. Some say that they have and have received the bonus, but if you do not you will still get the card so cannot apply again.
      2. No

      • s879 says:

        So just to be clear, if I refer my other half for Amex Platinum, he won’t get any points as he cancelled his 4 months ago and I understand that part but I won’t get any points for referring him either via my SPG Amex?

        • Relaxo says:

          You will get the points for referring him. He will not get the signup bonus.

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