Loganair launching new services from Cumbria airport

Flights connecting the Stobart-owned Carlisle Lake District Airport with the South East of England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are to be launched by Scottish airline Loganair from June.

Loganair will operate eight flights per day across the working week and a total of 12 at weekends connecting Cumbria to London Southend, Belfast City and Dublin airports.

Carlisle airport already receives 45 million visitors a year.

Routs go on sale today (Monday, March 12) with services starting on June 4, when CLDA plans to launch commercial and business passenger flights for the first time since 1993.

Kate Willard, head of corporate projects at Stobart Group, said: “Stobart Group is committed to delivering a brilliant air travel experience across the UK and Ireland.

“There is huge demand from London, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to visit Carlisle, which is home to major businesses and serves as a gateway to the Lake District, two UNSCO World Heritage Sites and South Scotland.”

The route to Dublin also offers additional connectivity ease to travellers as they will be able to clear US immigration checks in the comfort of Dublin Airport at Terminal 2 – meaning they will land Stateside as a hassle free domestic passenger.

Jonathan Hinkles, managing director of Loganair, said: “We will be opening up Loganair’s services to a whole new range of customers. With frequent services on each of the three routes, we have every confidence that these new flights will transform access to and from the Lake District for many thousands of customers each year.”

Gill Haigh, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, said: “The new flights from Carlisle Lake District Airport will be a major boost for Cumbria’s connectivity and our £2.72billion tourism industry.”