New option for travellers
Carlisle Lake District flights launch after 25 year gap
Jonathan Hinkles: ‘significant benefits’
Travellers in the south of Scotland and northwest England will have another flying option from this summer when Carlisle Lake District Airport launches its first flights for more than 25 years.
Glasgow-based Loganair will begin scheduled commercial and business services from Carlisle on 4 July, serving London (Southend), Belfast and Dublin. The last commercial flights serving Carlisle Lake District Airport were in 1993.
Jonathan Hinkles, managing director of Loganair, said: “These air services will significantly benefit the overall Carlisle and Borderlands region, attracting thousands of tourists and enhancing connectivity for those wishing to do business at both ends of the routes.”
UK Aviation Minister, Liz Sugg, said: “The return of commercial flights from Carlisle Lake District Airport means better connections for the region, a boost to tourism and significant opportunities for businesses in the area.
“Regional airports are vital for strengthening links and increasing growth across the whole of the UK, and through our Aviation Strategy the government is identifying ways to maximise these benefits.”
Flights will be operated by 33 -seat Saab 340B aircraft. The aircraft type is suited to short commuter journeys and form the mainstay of Loganair’s fleet.