London City Airport recently had its busiest week ever after the Docklands hub, traditionally a popular choice for business flyers, saw a significant rise in passengers using the airport for leisure trips, too.
Overall, 101,336 customers either took off or landed at London City’s facilities on a total of 1,525 flights during the week ending on the 25th of March. This is a 2% increase on the record set back in 2016.
London City Airport is owned by a consortium of international investors, including Alberta Investment Management Corporation & Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and is about to undergo a $480 million redevelopment project which will be complete in 2022.
The airport, which has been operating for 31 years, has benefited from the strong performance of airlines such as British Airways and flybe. Popular destinations include Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Dublin.
Chief executive of the airport, Robert Sinclair, said that traditionally London City Airport was used by business professionals alike because of its close proximity to Canary Wharf, but now the focus has shifted more evenly towards leisure trips, too.
The airport was predicted to see around 55,000 travellers use the facilities over the Easter holiday weekend. Mr Sinclair claims that Brits were impressed by “industry-leading punctuality, ease of use and convenience.”
The recent high levels of passenger use have even been during a time where the airport was affected by adverse weather from the Beast of the East, as well as the discovery of an unexploded WW2 bomb in the Thames which caused flights to be cancelled.
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