History of London City Airport
London City Airport:
- Opened: 1987
- 12 airlines
- 51 destinations
- 2017 passenger numbers: 4.5 million
So how did it all begin?
An opinion poll was published by October showing many local residents were in favour of the proposals and Mowlem submitted an application for planning permission.
London City won two industry Awards in 1996 and passenger numbers rapidly increased after this. In 1997, more new airlines and destinations were added, the departure lounge was redesigned and developed and passenger numbers reached over 1 million. As aresult of this approval was given to increase the number of passenger flights in 1998 and over 37,000 flights were made that year.
In 1999 several improvements to the airport were made. These included a covered dock edge walkway, a terminal business centre refurbishment and the Jubilee line opening to passengers. 2000 saw many changes with British European launching new destinations, real time flight information and bookings being made available online. Refurbished restaurants were opened and a planning enquiry was put forward for the Docklands Light Railway.
The Secretary of State approved the extension of the DLR to airport. The airport celebrated its 15th Birthday and 10 millionth passenger in 2002. In 2010, London City Airport completed a multi-million pound project during which the terminal and passenger search facility were redeveloped.