London City Airport breaks passenger records

London City Airport recently had its busiest week ever after the Docklands hub, traditionally a popular choice for business flyers, due to the increase in holidaymakers travelling on leisure flights. saw a significant rise in passengers using the airport for leisure trips, too. Continue reading…


Chief Executive of London City Airport to step down

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. Continue reading…


London City Airport opens new branch of Truman’s brewery

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! Continue reading…


London City crowned best regional airport

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

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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