Scheduled passenger flights have returned to Carlisle Airport (IATA: CAX) after a gap of 25 years.
The inaugural service, operated by Loganair, was to Dublin and will be followed by services to Belfast and London Southend.
The airport owner, Stobart Group, had previously aimed to start flights in June 2018, but said it was unable to recruit enough air traffic control staff at that time. Although the airfield has long been a base for private aircraft, the last passenger flights stopped in 1993. However, the new services became possible after the airport received £4.75m of funding from Cumbria’s Local Enterprise Partnership to upgrade its terminal and runway. Kate Willard, director of partnership development at the Stobart Group, said the relaunch was of “huge significance” for the area as it will help to connect regions and economies.