Loganair will operate scheduled passenger services from Carlisle Lake District Airport (CAX) when it reopenes on June 4. The Scottish carrier has signed a deal with Stobart Group that will see it flying from CAX to London Southend, Dublin and Belfast City. There will be eight flights on weekdays (two departures to and two arrivals from Southend, and one arrival and departure from Belfast and Dublin), as well as 12 over each weekend. The services are expected to be operated with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft.
Transport conglomerate Stobart Group acquired the Cumbrian airport in 2009. Head of corporate projects Kate Willard said: “Stobart Group is committed to delivering a brilliant air travel experience across the UK and Ireland. We are therefore delighted to be announcing flights with Loganair connecting London, Belfast and Dublin with Carlisle and the Lake District. 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 Unesco world heritage sites and south Scotland.”
In the past Carlisle Airport had scheduled services to Aberdeen, Belfast, Dundee, Glasgow, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, London Heathrow, and London Luton. Regular flights ceased in the 1990s and since then it has been used by light aircraft and occasionally corporate jets. A major freight distribution centre has been built on part of the site, and the runways were closed for refurbishment and resurfacing late 2017. A new passenger terminal is also being built. The improvements are supported by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, which has committed £4.95m in the expectation it will help bring additional tourists to the region.
Photo: Carlisle Airport’s runways are due to reopen to commercial traffic on June 4. (Simon Ledingham / goegraph.co.uk)
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