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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.”
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.
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.
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 Namibia4th October – Ireland v Italy7th 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 AirportHartmann Road, London E16 2PX.
Distance to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium:
7 miles, 20 mins
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.
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.
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.
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 2STLeave the airport and follow signs for the A112 and then Abbot Road/B125Follow this road to join the A12After 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.
There are no coach services to the park.
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!