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Carlisle Lake District Airport welcomes Scottish Secretary of State after launch

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell at CLDA

Carlisle Lake District Airport has welcomed the Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell to the airport just days after its historic launch.

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

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

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

The region’s businesses, including BAE Systems at Barrow-in-Furness and Sellafield, will also benefit from quick, easy and affordable flights. Routes went on sale earlier in the year via www.loganair.co.uk, with fares to Belfast City starting from £39.99 and to Dublin and London Southend from £44.99 – including 20kg of baggage allowance.

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 served The Borderlands Café

Kate Willard, Director of Partnership Development for Stobart Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Scottish Secretary to Carlisle Lake District Airport. Not only is this airport a significant new part of the Northern Powerhouse’s transport infrastructure – it is also a shining beacon of confidence and pride for Cumbria, Carlisle, the wider Lake District region and the Borderlands.”

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “I really welcome this new route between Carlisle and London Southend.

“The South of Scotland and northernmost parts of England operate as a single economic area and this will bring benefits to the region both sides of the border, enhancing connectivity and offering consumers more choice in how to travel.

“This is an exciting time for the region. Last week the UK Government confirmed £265 million in funding towards the towards the £394.5 million Borderlands growth deal that will deliver wide-ranging benefits including creating jobs and increasing tourism.”

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