Carlisle Lake District Airport has hit another milestone as it prepares to commence commercial flights in just under two months’ time.

The airport has welcomed its second fire engine, which will become the principal appliance for the airport’s fire-fighting crew. The Simon Gloster Saro 4x4 Protector engine holds a staggering 4,500 litres of water and 500 litres of foam.

The delivery comes as preparations continue for the start of commercial flights on Thursday, July 4 for the first time in more than 25 years.

Kate Willard, director of partnership development for Stobart Group, said: “The delivery of our second fire engine is just another exciting milestone ahead of our historic 4 July launch.”

Carlisle Lake District Airport will offer flights through Scottish carrier Loganair, to London Southend Airport, Belfast City Airport and Dublin Airport.

The commencement of flights, which follows two delays, has been hailed as a “gamechanger” for the county’s economy.

As well as providing a new travel link for visitors, it is also hoped it will help stimulate inward investment.

Its potential impact has also been recognised far away from Cumbria.

Carlisle Lake District Airport recently featured on a list of the most exciting new airports opening and expanding in 2019 compiled by American media giant CNN.

The list also included Beijing Daxing Airport, which is set to become the largest and busiest airport in the world.