Carlisle Lake District airport reopens to passenger traffic on 4th June.
As the airport is owned by Stobart Group, which also owns London Southend Airport and runs Flybe franchise services, it was expected that Stobart Air – under a Flybe franchise – would be flying here. We were wrong.
Scottish airline Loganair has instead been signed up. Loganair has a fleet of 29 aircraft and flies within Scotland as well as to Norwich, Manchester, Channel Islands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, London and Bergen.
Loganair will operate eight flights on weekdays and a total of 12 at weekends, connecting Cumbria and the Lake District to London Southend, Belfast City and Dublin. These will be operated by 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft.
There is no sign at the moment that these flights will be included in the Loganair / British Airways codeshare deal.
Meanwhile, the potential takeover of Flybe by Stobart Group has gone quiet. Stobart still has a week to make a formal bid under Stock Exchange rules.