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. Airport owner Stobart Group had planned to relaunch services in June 2018 but faced problems recruiting air traffic control staff. The inaugural service to Dublin left at 08:00 BST and others will follow.

Passenger flights stopped in 1993, although the airport has still been a base for private aircraft and flying schools and is also used by the military.

Tourism bosses hope the flights will encourage thousands of people to travel to and from Cumbria.

Kate Willard, director of partnership development at the Stobart Group, said the relaunch was of “huge significance” for the Northern Powerhouse as it will connect regions and economies.

But some people are unhappy about the effect on climate change and are staging a protest outside the airport.

Helen Davison, a Green Party councillor for Carlisle City Council, said: “It is time we stop increasing the number of available flights and it’s also time the government properly taxed flying.

“Aviation fuel currently doesn’t have a tax on it so it is unfairly subsidised against the other forms of greener travel.”

Source: BBC