‘You heard that right. Scottish airline, Loganair, has made history by being the first airline to run commercial passenger flights to and from Carlisle airport for 26 years…’
The Glasgow based company is offering 3 new routes, connecting Carlisle Lake District airport to Belfast City, Dublin and London Southend. There are nine return flights during the week and a further five operating at weekends.
The airport, which serves South West Scotland and Cumbria started life as an RAF airfield and hasn’t operated passenger flights since 1993. The airport is now owned by Stobart Group and received £4.74 million from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to upgrade the runway and terminal building. Although the runway is now big enough to handle larger aircraft, the size of the terminal restrict carriers to ‘planes holding a maximum of 80 passengers.
Flights from Carlisle Lake District airport were scheduled to restart in June 2018, but issues with air traffic control resulted in a 13-month delay. The inaugural flight took off for the Irish Republic’s capital city on 2nd July.
Location & Surrounds
Based around 6 miles outside Carlise, visitors arriving at the airport are currently being offered a free bus ride into the city and Cumbrian County seat.
Carlisle itself sits close to the border between England and Scotland and is within easy reach of the Lakes. The airport’s location also makes it an ideal base for exploring the surrounding towns and cities of Gretna Green, the North Pennines, Barrow-in-Furness, and even as far east as Newcastle.
Current prices (as at July 2019) are an average of £67 each way to London Southend, an average of around 87 EUR each way to Dublin and between £50-85 each way to Belfast City.