David Mundell, the Secretary of State for Scotland, has visited Carlisle Lake District Airport.

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

Mr Mundell said: “I really welcome this new route between Carlisle and London Southend.

“The South of Scotland and northernmost parts of England operate as a single economic area and this will bring benefits to the region both sides of the border, enhancing connectivity and offering consumers more choice in how to travel.

“This is an exciting time for the region.

"Last week the UK Government confirmed £265 million in funding towards the towards the £394.5 million Borderlands growth deal that will deliver wide-ranging benefits, including creating jobs and increasing tourism.”

The airport, which once served as an RAF airfield, was transformed thanks to a new and modern terminal, its own Borderlands Café and new runways and taxiways.

Kate Willard, director of partnership development for Stobart Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Scottish Secretary to Carlisle Lake District Airport.

"Not only is this airport a significant new part of the Northern Powerhouse’s transport infrastructure – it is also a shining beacon of confidence and pride for Cumbria, Carlisle, the wider Lake District region and the Borderlands.”