Belfast gets new air route to Cumbria
A new air-link between Belfast and Cumbria opened yesterday as commercial flights returned to the Carlisle Lake District Airport for the first time since 1993.
Scottish airline Loganair will operate a 33-seater plane to and from Belfast City Airport. It will run a total of 28 weekly flights in and out of the airport, including flights to Dublin and London Southend Airport.
Loganair took over many of the routes of its collapsed sister airline FlyBMI earlier this year, including the government-subsidised City of Derry to London air link.
The former RAF airfield, nine miles outside Carlisle, is owned by the Stobart Group. It has benefited from £5m in government funding to upgrade its terminal and runway. Stobart said the airport would seek to benefit from the Lake District's tourism potential. Around 47 million people visited the area in 2018.
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