Carlisle airport takes off!

After months of anticipation, scheduled passenger flights have returned to Carlisle Lake District Airport for the first time in more than 25 years.

Scottish-based Loganair is now operating routes to Dublin, Belfast and London Southend.

On Thursday 4th July the first commercial flights took off from Carlisle Lake District Airport. In honour of the launch, VIPs were treated to a ‘garden party’ themed event on the evening of the exciting day. Carlisle band, Hardwicke Circus, provided high quality entertainment for the party and drinks and food were served to the VIPS.

We were invited along to promote all the wonderful products our county and surrounding area has to offer. We appeared alongside many of our local artisan suppliers such as Traybakes, Claire’s Handmade, Appleby Creamery, St James Smokehouse and The Lakes Distillery.

The final flight of the day landed into the airport at 6pm: guests such as the CEO of Loganair, CEO of Stobart Group and the Powerhouse Minister disembarked and joined the festivities in the marquee, stopping to say a few congratulatory words of thanks to everyone.

Pictured below with us are John Stevenson, Carlisle MP, Jaclyn Whiteside, Senior Catering Supervisor for Stobart Group and Warwick Brady, CEO Stobart Group.

What the airport means for our county?

With a £5 million investment from the government the airport has seen a brand new terminal building and runways built and over 50 new jobs created.  The airport is expected to play a role in boosting tourism to the area and we were honoured and excited to be part of this fantastic launch event!