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Chief Executive of London City Airport to step down

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Page last updated: 11th May 2017 - 12:59 PM

Declan Collier, Chief Executive has announced he will be stepping down from his role at London City Airport, after a 5 year period. Mr Collier has made it clear that he will remain in the position until a suitable successor is found, while assisting an international recruitment firm to find a replacement.

Mr Collier, who was appointed in March 2012, said: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have been part of the airport’s success story for more than five years.
“London City Airport is a great business and well placed to take advantage of future growth and new aircraft technologies as we embark on our City Airport development programme.

“We have a dedicated and talented team working at London City Airport and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done to build a successful and sustainable business focused on our customers and community.

“However, as we embark on the next phase of the airport’s development I feel it is the right time to transition to new leadership and I look forward to assisting the chairman to secure my successor and continuing to work with the leadership team until a new CEO starts.”
London City airport saw 4,538,813 passengers pass through its doors in 2016, which is almost 1 million more passengers than its figures in 2014. Much of this recent success can be attributed to Declan Collier and London City Airport’s first phase completion of a £19 million redevelopment to the departures terminals. Improvements include noticeable added space, new shopping opportunities and additional quiet areas. The airport’s busiest routes, both internationally and domestically include, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Dublin and Zürich.

Chairman Sir Terry Morgan added: “On behalf of the board I want to pay tribute to the tremendous contribution that Declan has made to London City Airport.
“Declan has been Chief Executive of London City Airport since March 2012 - a time that has seen significant growth at the airport, the successful sale of the business to a consortium of international investors and the securing of planning permission for a £350m development of the airport infrastructure.”

“Under Declan’s leadership, London City Airport has developed strong and wide ranging relationships across the aviation sector, with all levels of government- nationally, in London, and locally- and with our local communities.

“The airport has delivered significant growth in passenger numbers and earnings which in turn has stimulated economic activity across the local and London economy.”

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London City Airport opens new branch of Truman's brewery

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Page last updated: 30th Jan 2017 - 02:40 PM

Brick Lane Brews, part of the Truman brewery company, has opened in London City Airport.The new bar provides "a quintessentially East End London menu" with standout items such as artisan bagels, salt beef, muffins and fine coffee as well as of course, beer!

The new bar looks to provide an authentic East End experience with its vintage wrap-around horseshoe bar, classic tile décor and striking copper pipework. Another benefit of bringing Truman's brewery to the airport is ensuring passengers are able to enjoy food and drink which has been picked from carefully chosen partners, maximising quality and experience.

Simon Potts, Director of Non-Aero Revenue at London City Airport, said: “Brick Lane Brews offers a great selection that we know will appeal to our passengers, whether they’re looking for a caffeine kick before meetings abroad, or a classic Truman’s beer on their way home, it will be an authentic East London experience.

Tempted? The new facilities are located next to Gate 2B! Customers can find a great range of beer in a variety of cask, keg and bottles from their Hackney brewery.

Going back to the original Trumans, it has been a well recognised brewers across the world in the 19th century before closing down in 1989. Thankfully in 2010 the brand was re-energised with claims from the new team attempting to bring it "back to its former glory".

Truman's CEO, James Morgan said:

“Brick Lane Brews is our homage to the East End’s food and drink scene, our launch at London City Airport is just the beginning.”

“We are actively looking for more sites and are passionate about sharing the Brick Lane Brews experience with, not only London but the rest of the world and what better place to start that journey than at London City Airport.”

Meanwhile at the airport, London City revealed it had a record 4.5 million passengers last year, which is only expected to increase thanks to the planned £344 million redevelopment which begins this year. The work on the airport will allow 6.5 million passengers to use the facilities by 2025, while adding 29,000 extra flights each year.

The rejuvenation of the airport involves 7 new aircraft stands and terminal extension to seat increasing passenger numbers. At the moment, London City has 10 commercial airlines which fly to 50 destinations.

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London City crowned best regional airport

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Page last updated: 25th Nov 2016 - 11:20 AM

A huge congratulations to London City Airport as it has been named the best Regional Airport of the Year at the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Amsterdam. The category looked to cover a sample of airports that provide aviation services for up to 10 million passengers per year.

The airport, located a short distance east from Canary wharf, which boasts being the 5th busiest airport in the UK for passenger and airport movement, has seen increased in passenger numbers of 18% to 4.3 million from 2014-2015.
The organisers of the award have said they wanted to reward the the regional airport that has been the biggest standout strategically, and managed to establish itself as the most advanced in the aviation industry.

Peter Harbison, CAPA Executive Chairman said: “London City has overcome intensifying competition in the London area, as well as political obstacles. Despite these barriers it was one of the fastest growing UK airports in 2015 with a passenger growth rate three times the national average.”

Accepting the award, Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport said: “This award is the icing on the cake of what has been a momentous year for London City Airport. In July, the Government granted planning permission for an expansion programme that will transform the airport, creating additional capacity for the London airspace system, welcoming a new generation of aircraft that will open up new destinations, and accommodating 6.5m passengers per year by 2025, up from 4.5m today. I thank CAPA for its recognition and look forward to building on the success of 2016 in the months and years to come.”

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London City Airport expansion gets green light from ministers

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Page last updated: 17th Aug 2016 - 04:34 PM

Permission from ministers means that the go ahead has been given for the £344m expansion to London City Airport. Extended terminals, new aircraft stands which will facilitate the arrival of new & more modern planes, plus more space for planes to taxi to and from the runway are all individual plans that the expansion includes.

1,600 jobs will be created thanks to the expansion and that doesn't even include the 500 jobs that will become available during the construction phase of the expansion. The formal green light was given by The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, and the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid.

Currently serving 4 million passengers a year, London City Airport which is close to Canary Warf in East London, will now be able to complete more flights to and from the airport at peak times, while bigger terminals will allow for more passengers. Javid claims local residents who are affected by the increase in air traffic would be offered a generous compensation reward.

Hammond said it was a vote of confidence in the resilience of the UK economy.
“Making it easier to visit and do business in the City of London will help drive forward our economy and further strengthen the city’s status as the world’s leading financial centre,” he said. A consortium of investors including Boreali and the Ontario Teachers’ pension fund purchased London City airport for around £2bn in February.

The transport links will also be rejuvenated thanks to the investment. An example of this is £2.6m being put aside for more trains and the Docklands Light Railway, as well as a bus and taxi scheme, and improvements to pedestrian and cycle routes.

Opposers claim that noise and pollution would be a massive concern while the investment is going on, and once complete, only leads to more noise from a higher rate of planes landing and taking off in inner north-east London.

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Canadian consortium buys London City airport for £2bn

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Page last updated: 26th Feb 2016 - 11:06 AM

London City Airport has officially been sold to a Canadian Consortium for a figure around £2bn. The Airport which is located in Docklands is used mainly by business executives and has been purchased by a consortium led by the Ontario Teachers pension fund and also Borealis who have both also invested in HS1 (High Speed 1).

This business couple were not the only bidders for the London based airport. The Chinese transport company HNA and another Canadian consortium were also in the race for the site, however, the airports price exceeded early expectations. The airport, which serves about 4 million passengers a year has seen tremendous levels of growth in the past 2 years. This is why it’s considered a shame for GIP (Global Infrastructure Partners) to let the airport go from its portfolio, which also includes Gatwick and Edinburgh, especially seeing as the airport was bought for a third of the price 10 years ago.

Unfortunately expansion plans costing around £200m aimed to doubled its passenger traffic by 2030, extending the terminal and airfield to allow 50% more flights has currently been rejected by mayor Boris Johnson. This was amplified by campaigners who aim to shut down operations of an expansion because of the noise pollution and disruption throughout north-east London.

The purchase of the airport could also be detrimental to the relationship with its biggest customer, British Airways. BA’s CEO Willie Walsh claimed that the £2bn purchase was “foolish” and suggested that the company was prepared to move should another company offer a larger landing charge to cover cost of it’s purchase. Walsh also said he could not see how any buyer could “recover or make any return on that investment unless they make significant increases in airport charges”. To put into perspective, Manchester Airport Group's recently purchased Stansted Airport which has more that 5 times the number of passengers, but was only purchased for £1.5bn. However this could be argued against as London City Airport is in close proximity to Canary Wharf and has an unparalleled location that investors may justifies airlines sustaining higher fares.

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Are you visiting the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium this Autumn to catch some of the Rugby World Cup fixtures? If you’re an avid fan of any of the 8 teams playing here and are planning a visit to the new heart of East London, check out our travel information below, comparing the best way to get from the closest airport, London City.

The Fixtures to be held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be;

23rd September - France v Romania
24th September - New Zealand v Namibia
4th October - Ireland v Italy
7th October - South Africa v USA

It’s pretty easy to get around London, with a vast network of travel options, including underground travel and the famous Black London Cabs (Cockney cabbie is not guaranteed, but makes the experience all the better)!

London City Airport Address:

London City Airport
Hartmann Road,
London
E16 2PX.

Distance to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium:

7 miles, 20 mins

By Train

Step off the plane and onto the DLR train, it’s the quickest and easiest option! This service will get you direct to Stratford Station in 25 minutes for as little as £2.30 for a one way trip between Zones 1-3, off peak. If you plan on staying a little longer, Travelcards start from £38, and are valid Monday-Sunday.

By Bus

Bus Number 473 runs direct from the Airport, terminating at Stratford Station, the closest to the stadium. It is then a 10 minute stroll to the stadium. Total journey time will be around 1 hour from airport to stadium, traffic dependant. Please be aware that London Buses do not accept cash - you will need a contactless debit card, Oyster or Visitor Oyster Card.

By Taxi

An average price for a return journey comes in at £35. However this may be subject to change if there are any road closures, as these will be scheduled on match days. Roads surrounding the stadium with be closed between 17:00 and 00:30.

By Car

From £42, you can hire a car from the Airport for direct travel to the Stadium; and you’ll also have the freedom to travel further afield should that take your fancy.

Sat-Nav Postcode: E20 2ST
Leave the airport and follow signs for the A112 and then Abbot Road/B125
Follow this road to join the A12
After 6 miles, take a slight left onto Waterdean Road.
Parking is limited and is prices range from £1.50-£15, depending on length of stay. You can also park in Westfield Stratford City Shopping centre which is in close proximity.

By Coach

There are no coach services to the park.

Hotels

If you are landing the day before your chosen match, staying to catch a few other matches or plan to extend your trip to sunny England afterwards, check out the latest hotels deals in and around London City Airport and make the most of your stay!

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London City Airport expansion plan approved

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Page last updated: 10th Feb 2015 - 11:48 AM

Exciting news to London City Airport - a £220 million plan to expand this capital city airport was given the all clear. The new and improved airport should be able to handle up to 111,000 permitted annual flights. Currently the airport handles 70,000 annual flights.

According to Newham Council, a decision is still awaited regarding where new runway capacity will be delivered. Some of the aspects of the expansion plans include a noise barrier, flight restrictions and soundproofing packages for residents.

The expansion is said to be completed by 2023 and will feature a new parallel taxiway, 7 new aircraft stands, and terminal building extensions.

The area will also benefit from the addition of 1,500 new jobs.

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British Airways to increase London City flights to Isle of Man

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Page last updated: 5th Feb 2014 - 12:00 PM

Beginning on March 30, British Airways will expand their scheduled flights from the Isle of Man to London City Airport. This summer, the number of scheduled flights will increase from one to three on weekdays, with one flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays.

The new service will provide potential customers with easy access to the centre of London and will also allow them to connect to 25 British Airways international destinations served direct from the Docklands airport, including Frankfurt, Zurich and New York.

Benefits of flying to and from London City include easy access to Canary Wharf and the City of London. With excellent, low cost transport links on the DLR and London Underground, customers can also reach central London in less than 30 minutes.

Check in at London City Airport does not close until 15 minutes before departure for individuals travelling with hand luggage only and 20 minutes for those with checked in luggage.

All-inclusive fares from the Isle of Man to London City are available for booking now on the British Airways website. Fares include complimentary online check in and seat selection up to 24 hours before departure, two pieces of hand luggage, complimentary food and drinks on board including a hot breakfast on morning flights, and no debit card fees.

British Airways is delighted that that they will be able to expand their services from the Isle of Man as there has been a demand for additional flights that are compatible with business and leisure trips to London. The schedule will also make it possible for business travellers to have a full business day in London with the new earlier flights.

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SkyWork Airlines returns to London City

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Page last updated: 11th Apr 2011 - 04:51 PM

A carrier based in Switzerland, SkyWork Airlines, has re-introduced a service between London City Airport and the Swiss capital, Bern. The route, described by the airline’s chief, Tomislav Lang, as a “real alternative” to flying to Zurich and Basel, offers quick access to the ski resorts of Champéry, Adelboden, and Grindelwald.

SkyWork, with its fleet of six aircraft, is one of the larger airlines operating out of Bern Airport. The carrier had previously specialised in routes to Northern Europe and the Balearic Islands, but an expansion to SkyWorks’s schedules, believed to be the largest in Bern Airport’s history, will add flights to Amsterdam, Madrid, and Budapest from October 2011.

The London City service, SkyWork’s only route to the UK, operates six times a week, on every day except Saturday. However, the flight will not reach full capacity until later this year, when the number of flights between Bern and the English capital is boosted to eleven rotations per week. British travellers will then be able to enjoy day trips to the Swiss city.

London City’s commercial chief, Matthew Hall, said that the airport would be “working closely” with SkyWork to “develop the relationship further”. Mr. Hall referred to the 28-year-old airline as an “experienced aviator”. SkyWork's mettle will be put to the test quickly, however, as the airline will be forced to compete with British Airways and Swiss International Airlines for passengers travelling to Switzerland. The two flag-carriers have enjoyed a monopoly on Bern-bound passengers in the recent past, as they offered the only two routes to Switzerland from London City: Zurich and Geneva.

Currently, SkyWork’s planes depart from the Docklands hub in the evening, at 19.55. Tickets are priced between £113 and £157 (each way) for travel in April.

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BA boosts capacity on Cityflyer routes

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Page last updated: 25th Mar 2011 - 04:37 PM

Cityflyer, a short-haul subsidiary of British Airways (BA), has revealed that its summer timetable from London City Airport will include 39 flights per week to popular leisure destinations. Luke Hayhoe, commercial manager at Cityflyer, said that the expansion was in response to growing customer demand.

From May 2011, Cityflyer will double the number of seats available on flights to Nice in France. Capacity on routes to Palma on Majorca and to the Balearic Island of Ibiza will also increase from July 2011. Perhaps even more exciting, for Docklands flyers, at least, is the addition of three new routes from London City: Faro in Portugal, Malaga in Spain, and the French commune of Pau in the Pyrenees. Flights to Faro begin on June 7. The first plane to Malaga takes off a day later, on June 8.

Pau, on the other hand, will be served by Cityflyer from April 2 2011. Flights to the French town are available from just two UK airports (Southampton and Stansted) at present, making the destination a rather unique addition to London City’s schedules. Pau is located close to the border between France and Spain, but the town has little in common with Mediterranean resorts on similar longitude, such as Marseille and Nice. Fans of motor racing and architecture will find the greatest joy in Pau, but holidaymakers looking for a scenic route to the Pyrenean ski resorts should also consider flying to Pau’s Pyrenees Airport.

Flights from London City to Pau will operate three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The route will use an Avro RJ85 aeroplane, marking it as one of the first new routes from Cityflyer to use an aircraft other than the Embraer 170 or the 190. However, both Faro and Malaga will be served by the new Embraer jets. Cityflyer will travel to the Portuguese resort four times a week, while the route to Malaga will operate on a thrice-weekly basis. The two flights will be available all year round.

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