Carlisle Lake District Airport today resumed commercial flights for the first time in 26 years, with the first flight taking off from the airport for Dublin.

The Stobart Group-owned and operated airport has teamed-up with Loganair to offer air links to and from Dublin, London Southend Airport and Belfast City Airport.

Loganair will fly a total of 28 flights in and out of Carlisle Lake District Airport - a former RAF airfield - every day.

The three routes to and from CLDA will be operated by the 33-seat Saab 340B plane.

Jonathan Hinkles, managing director at Loganair, said the routes will be a complete game-changer for the region's connectivity with London and Ireland.

He said the new routes to Dublin, Belfast and London will be extremely beneficial for the business community in and around Carlisle and highly convenient for tourists booking breaks to the Lake District.