Scotland’s Loganair has announced a new partnership with the Stobart Group.
The partnership involves Loganair operating services from the newly-renamed Carlisle Lake District Airport (IATA: CAX) to London Southend, both owned by Stobart, as well as flights from Carlisle to Dublin and Belfast City.
Loganair will operate eight flights per-day across the working week and a total of 12 at weekends, connecting Cumbria and the Lake District, which receives 45 million visitors per year, to the three destinations.
The service to London Southend will operate at times convenient for both business and leisure travellers allowing for full day returns with two flights a day Monday to Friday, one on Saturday and two on Sunday. Dublin will have a daily service each day of the week and Belfast City will also be served daily, excluding Saturday. Prices will start at £44.99 to London Southend and Dublin, and £39.99 to Belfast. All Loganair fares include 20kg of luggage and inflight refreshments as standard.
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has committed £4.95m to the development of Carlisle Airport, and the services will be the first commercial and business flights from it since 1993.
Services to and from CLDA will be flown by 34-seater Saab 340s, the mainstay of Loganair’s fleet.
Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles said: “We’re both delighted and honoured to become the first operator at the new Carlisle Lake District Airport, and this partnership with Stobart will open up Loganair’s services to a whole new range of customers.”
The routes to and from Carlisle are now on sale with all services commencing on June 4. An added bonus for the Dublin route is that it offers US-bound passengers the opportunity to clear US immigration checks in the comfort of Dublin Airport at Terminal 2 – meaning they will land in the US as a hassle-free domestic passenger.
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Director, Graham Haywood, said: “Carlisle Lake District Airport will have a huge impact on Cumbria’s visitor economy and is also a key strategic business asset for the county.
“Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is investing £4.95m to help make improvements to the airport’s runway and the terminal.
“Increasing the numbers of high-spending international visitors is a key target within Cumbria LEP’s Rural and Visitor Economy Growth Plan and will help widen the county’s international connectivity. Developing the airport’s passenger offer will provide smoother, quicker access to local tourism attractions and help to increase international tourism visits.
“As well as growing visitor numbers and supporting tourism businesses, development of the airport will open up more commercial industry opportunities, especially in key sectors such as logistics, nuclear and advanced manufacturing.
“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.