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Carlisle airport to resume flights after 25 years

Loganair will connect the Cumbria airport with London Southend, Belfast and Dublin from June.

Scheduled passenger flights will operate from Carlisle Lake District Airport for the first time in 25 years, a Scottish airline has announced.

Loganair will connect the Cumbria airport with London Southend, Belfast and Dublin from June.

The carrier will use 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft to operate eight flights on weekdays and 12 at weekends.

Kate Willard, head of corporate projects at Stobart Group, which owns the airport, said: “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.”

The announcement was welcomed by tourism and business groups.

One-way fares between Carlisle and London Southend will start at £44.99, including 20kg checked baggage and in-flight refreshments.

Loganair serves more than 40 routes across the UK, Republic of Ireland and Norway.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson said: “Many local businesses will be able to expand as a result of these new flights and it will also encourage other businesses to choose Cumbria as a viable location.”

Carlisle’s last commercial passenger flight was in 1993.

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