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Carlisle Lake District Airport readies for historic take-off

Carlisle, Thursday 27 June: Carlisle Lake District Airport is readying for take-off with just a week to go before its historic launch of commercial flights on Thursday 4 July.

The Stobart Group-owned and operated airport has teamed-up with Loganair to offer routes to and from London Southend Airport, Belfast City Airport and Dublin Airport, opening Cumbria and the Lake District region to the South East of England, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland.

The routes are on sale and tickets are available via Fares to Belfast City start from £39.99 and to Dublin and London Southend from £44.99.

The airport, which once served as an RAF airfield, has been transformed thanks to a new and modern terminal, its own Borderlands Café and new runways and taxiways.

The launch of commercial flights at Carlisle Lake District Airport has already attracted international media attention and the airport aims to draw-in business and travel customers from across the UK, The Republic of Ireland and much further afield.


Amongst other top attractions and business destinations, the airport is situated next two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Lake District National Park and Hadrian’s Wall, the former frontier of the Roman Empire in the UK.


Key stats:

- 26 – the number of years since commercial flights took off at CLDA in 1993
- 28 – the number of Loganair flights in and out of CLDA per week
- 82,789 – the total metres of tarmac laid across CLDA’s runways and taxiways
- 47,000,000 – the number of people who visited Cumbria in 2018*
- 3,000,000,000 – the amount of pounds sterling tourism contributes to the local economy per year*
- Endless – the number of cups of teas set to be made at The Borderlands Café

Kate Willard, Director of Partnership Development for Stobart Group, said: “With just a week to go, we are all incredibly excited about the launch on Thursday 4 July. The team across Stobart Group have worked tirelessly to get Carlisle Lake District Airport ready for this historic moment. We hope that the airport will serve as a shining beacon of aspiration for Cumbria, Carlisle, the wider Lake District region and the Borderlands.”


Kay Ryan, commercial director at Loganair, said: “As the big day approaches, everything is in place to begin operations from the UK’s newest airport.

“Loganair is incredibly proud to become the first airline to serve the region in 26 years and is very much looking forward to welcoming our first passengers onboard. With a schedule designed for business and leisure passengers, these new routes are the ideal way to travel from Carlisle, the Lake District and Scotland’s borders to London, Dublin and Belfast.”