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Loganair launches new routes from Carlisle

12 March 2018

Stobart Group, which runs the airport, says there will be "huge demand" for the flights.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has committed £4.95m to the development of CLDA, and the services will be the first commercial and business flights from Carlisle since 1993.

For a Highlands and islands airline, whose stock-in-trade is landing on the beach at Barra and connecting Benbecula, Stornaway, Orkney, Shetland and Fair Isle, Loganair's services into and out of Carlisle sound dangerously metropolitan: initially it will fly from Dublin, Belfast and London, although flights to the capital actually will land at Southend, which claims to... As well as serving Southend, direct flights will operate between CLDA and Dublin, and CLDA and Belfast City.

The routes will be operated by Loganair's 34-seater Saab 340B aircraft, with two pilots and one cabin crew member. Head of corporate projects Kate Willard said: "Stobart Group is committed to delivering a brilliant air travel experience across the United Kingdom and Ireland".

'We are therefore delighted to be announcing flights with Loganair connecting London, Belfast and Dublin with Carlisle and the Lake District.

Flights on all three routes are now on sale. An added bonus for the Dublin route is that it offers US-bound passengers the opportunity to clear U.S. immigration checks in the comfort of Dublin Airport at Terminal 2 - meaning they will land in the USA as a hassle-free domestic passenger.

Jonathan Hinkles, managing director of Loganair, said: "We're delighted to become the first operator at the new Carlisle Lake District Airport, and will be opening up Loganair's services to a whole new range of customers". Our marketing strategy has a key focus on encouraging visitors to stay in the county as a whole.

"We welcomed 45 million visitors to the county a year ago, but a large proportion were day-trippers to the Lakes", said Gill Haigh, managing director of Cumbria Tourism.

Don't go packing your walking boots just yet though - the flights operate from London Southend Airport, which we reckon is a fairly wide definition of London. Developing the airport's passenger offer will provide smoother, quicker access to local tourism attractions and help to increase global tourism visits.

"Improving key transport infrastructure facilities like the airport helps boost economic growth and can act as a catalyst for creating new business hubs and attracting private sector investment".

Loganair launches new routes from Carlisle