A new general manager has been appointed to oversee operations at Carlisle Lake District Airport.

Simon Williamson has begun work this week and airport owner Stobart Group said he play a leading part in its commercial development.

Mr Williamson has arrived after the departure of previous manager Paul Martland, who has left after almost two years in a similar role.

Glyn Jones, chief executive of the group's Stobart Aviation division, said: “It is fantastic to welcome Simon as general manager.

“With his extensive experience in aviation sales and services consultancy, he will be a valuable member of our expanding team.

“In January, we celebrated our six-month anniversary since the launch of commercial flights and Simon’s appointment comes as the airport continue to grow from strength-to-strength.

“He will play a vital role in supporting the local community, as well as with our freeport bid alongside Carlisle City Council.”

The first commercial flights in 26 years took off from Carlisle Lake District Airport on July 4 and the airport offers routes, operated by airline Loganair, are to London Southend, Dublin and Belfast.

Mr Williamson previously worked as commercial and sales manager for Aviator MAN Limited and was previously executive director of Indigo Lyon Limited.

He has been involved in the negotiation, execution and implementation of contracts with Etihad Airways and Pakistan International Airlines, to the value of more than $8 million, Stobart Group said.

He is the third manager in three years at the airport.

Mr Martland was brought in when Stephen Smith, who was general manager from 2017, left in 2018.