The drawn-out saga of the reopening of Carlisle Lake District Airport to passenger flights has taken another twist.
The original launch of scheduled air services, planned for Monday 4th June, had already been postponed until 3rd September. This has now been pushed back even further, to an unspecified dates in “Spring 2019”.
The airport blamed this on “the growing global shortage of qualified air traffic control staff available to meet training and regulatory deadlines”. The airport will be able to handle general traffic, as this requires a lower level of ATC cover.
Passengers booked on the Loganair routes to or from Carlisle Lake District from Belfast City, Dublin or London Southend will be offered refunds or alternative flights from Manchester or Glasgow.