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London City Airport Plans for Growth


Planning application submitted for infrastructure expansion to support consented flight increase.

London City Airport (LCY) has submitted a planning application for permission to expand its current infrastructure to accommodate up to 120,000 flight movements (take offs and landings) per year, a level already permitted under an application granted in 2009. The proposals will also allow the airport to double its passenger numbers (to six million) over the next ten years, while continuing to attract inward investment into east London and acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area.

LCY - based in the Royal Docks and predominantly serving the business and political centres of Canary Wharf, The City and Westminster - currently handles 70,000 flight movements and 3 million passengers per annum. The need for enhanced and expanded infrastructure is driven by three factors

The £200m expansion planned for the airport includes new aeroplane parking stands - to accommodate larger aircraft - a parallel taxilane to optimise runway capacity in peak operating hours and a terminal extension to ensure that LCY's convenience and speed-of-transit propositions are maintained. Crucially, the airport is not proposing a second runway, or any extension to the existing runway.

Declan Collier, Chief Executive Officer, London City Airport, believes that the expansion of the airport is vital - not just to satisfy growing demand for business travel, but also for the ongoing development of the Royal Docks and the east of London. "The airport currently employs just under 2,100 people, of which more than 60% are local. The proposed development has the potential to create as many as 1,500 new jobs, providing further employment in east London.

"Increasingly, this area (the Royal Docks) is a focus for foreign investment - the recent announcement by ABP of its intention to build a multi-billion pound business park on Royal Albert Dock is one such example - and the connectivity to business centres across Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East that the airport provides, or will provide in the future, is central to this continuing.

"In terms of the wider UK economy, the airport already contributes £750m every year - through business and leisure tourist spend, the operation of businesses on site, productivity savings and air passenger duty; and when this project is completed, we can expect to double that amount."

London City Airport’s planning application has been submitted to the London Borough of Newham for determination. The airport has also made submissions to the Davies Commission – around optimising use of existing infrastructure and commenting on proposals for new infrastructure – outlining its development proposals and highlighting its ability to relieve capacity pressure on other airports by accommodating more short-haul flights.

Editors note

London City Airport

London City Airport (LCY) is the only London airport situated in London itself, just three miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and 10 miles from London’s West End and linked to all via the Docklands Light Railway. Catering for over 3 million passengers and 70,000 movements annually, in 2012 LCY celebrated its millionth flight, 36 millionth passenger and 25 years of operation. LCY offers a unique rapid transit proposition – a short check in, door to lounge, and a shorter arrival, tarmac to train. 11 airlines fly out of LCY, serving 48 destinations, eight of which were new for 2012, with six further announced in 2013. In 2009, the airport was granted permission to increase its operation to 120,000 movements per annum, which it intends to do by 2023, via the City Airport Development Programme. Further information about the airport and its services can be found at

The London City Airport Development Programme

London City Airport’s proposed development programme seeks to maximise the use of its existing infrastructure to achieve its permitted number of flight movements (permission for 120,000 movements granted in 2009) without the need for a new runway or an extension to the existing runway. This is in line with the Aviation Policy Framework presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Transport in March 2013.

  • Achieve already permitted growth in movements – to 120,000 per annum by 2023
  • Enlarge existing aeroplane parking stands and create further stand capacity to the east of the current airport buildings
  • A new parallel taxi lane to make more efficient use of existing runway (25% increase, to 45 scheduled movements per hour)
  • Extend the existing terminal building to the West
  • Create 1,500 new jobs (plus up to 500 in the construction phase of the project)
  • No new runway
  • No extension to the existing runway

Further information

Jeremy Probert, Director of Communications, London City Airport Tel: +44 (0)20 7646 0016 Mob: 07798 708 163 Email:

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