Carlisle Lake District Airport: Loganair flights delayed until later this year
The announcement that flights from Carlisle Lake District Airport would connect the region to the rest of the UK pleased many people who lived in the local area.
Flights with Loganair were to fly to Dublin, Belfast, and London on June 4.
The inaugural flights have since been delayed due to a shortage of air traffic control staff.
Passengers who were booked on the flights will be offered refunds or alternative transport from Manchester or Glasgow.
The flights are hoping to commence on September 3.
Flights haven’t been available for commercial aircraft since 1993
Flights haven’t been available for commercial aircraft since 1993.
The new flights in 2018 will now miss the peak summer holiday period.
Kate Willard, Head of Corporate Projects for Stobart Group said in a statement that it was with “enormous regret” that the scheduled flights were delayed.
She explained: “This major project to launch air services from a new airport relies not only on the airport’s infrastructure being complete but also on a full complement of essential operational staff being in place.
“Regrettably, changing circumstances around staffing means that this cannot be completed in time for the airport to receive scheduled flights as planned on June 4, despite every possible human effort being made.
Carlisle Lake District Airport: Staff shortages have delayed the first flights
“We know just how much this airport means to the people of Cumbria, South Scotland and the wider North West region and remain fully and wholeheartedly committed to working with all of our partners towards the new September launch date.”
Loganair’s Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles added: “This is hugely disappointing for everyone, especially our customers.
“We remain fully committed to our partnership with Stobart Aviation to commence regular commercial services from Carlisle Lake District in September.
“We’re working hard to inform all passengers and we completely appreciate the frustration which disruption to travel plans can cause.
“We have taken the decision to delay to September to provide the greatest level of certainty that the new target date for the introduction of services will be met, allowing the travelling public to book with confidence.”
Carlisle Lake District Airport: Passengers affected will be offered refunds or alternative routes
UK staycations are on the rise for British travellers, with the new flights hoped to help this further.
After the announcement of the new flights in March, Cumbria Tourism’s Managing Director hoped it would give the industry a boost.
She explained: “The new flights from Carlisle Lake District Airport will be a major boost for Cumbria’s connectivity and our £2.72 billion tourism industry.
“We welcomed 45 million visitors to the county last year, but a large proportion were day trippers to the Lakes.”
The Lake District became a UNESCO World Heritage Site last year after a 20-year campaign.