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July date for border airport take off

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FLIGHTS will finally take off from Carlisle Airport on Thursday July 4 – a year later than originally planned.

Loganair this week announced that they will be operating services to London Southend, Belfast City and Dublin from the summer.

It’s third time lucky for the airport, which had initially hoped to be up and running by last June, then postponing it until September.

However, Kate Willard, from the Stobart Group, this week said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of commercial and business flights at Carlisle Lake District Airport on 4 July. The team have been working around the clock and have been amazing since the very start of the project. Despite the delays, the last commercial flights at Carlisle Lake District Airport were in 1993 and we are chuffed that we are bringing them back to the region for the first time in more than 25 years.”

Jonathan Hinkles, managing director of Loganair, added: “We’re extremely pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale linking Carlisle Lake District airport with Dublin, Belfast and London Southend. 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.”

Aviation Minister Liz Sugg welcomed the move and 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.”

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