The government has handed London City Airport permission for a 344 million pound expansion.
This comes just months after the former Mayor of London Boris Johnson had instructed Newham Council to reject the application as it “does not adequately mitigate and manage its adverse noise impacts”. At the time the airport said they were disappointing by the comments saying it went against everything the Mayor supports and promotes. The development will transform the airport, one of East London’s largest employers in London’s Royal Docks, enabling the airport to welcome quieter, next generation aircraft and add more capacity.
The airport opened in 1987 and just last year it welcomed a record 4.3 million passengers. Now under the new plans the airport can add approximately a further 32,000 flights by 2025, , helping to unlock more air capacity within London’s airport system in advance of a new runway for the South East of England. London City Airport also aims to open up opportunities for airlines for longer-haul destinations including The Gulf and Middle East, Turkey, Russia and the east coast of the United States. The construction phase of development will create 500 jobs and a further 1,600 once completed.
Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport said : “Today, the new Government has shown it is ready to act in the best interests of the British economy.
“Expansion at London City Airport will create more than 2,000 new jobs in East London, add much-needed aviation capacity in the South East, and generate an additional £750m per year for the UK economy.
“As the airport serving by far the highest proportion of business travelers in the UK (52%), who do some £11bn of trade in Europe annually, today the Government has sent a strong message that London and the UK are very much open for business. I welcome the decision and look forward to delivering new airport capacity for the South East by 2019.”