London City Airport this week submitted a planning application to enable the growth of the airport up to 2010. Following the Government’s Aviation White Paper1 which requires airports to make most use of existing runways, and the publication of London City Airport’s Master Plan in 2006, this application seeks to deliver the next phase of the airport’s development.
The planning application is for an increase in flight movements to 120,000 from the current level of 80,000, with London City Airport forecasting that it will handle up to 3.9 million passengers by 2010.
The proposed increase in movements will not change any of the opening hours of the airport, and there are no plans to introduce night flights at London City Airport.
London City Airport has a programme in place to sound-insulate any properties materially affected by noise, which is triggered at a lower noise level (57dB LAeq 16h) than at any other airport in the UK. The airport will continue its commitment to sound insulation of the homes of local residents at this low trigger level and monitor noise closely.
The airport recognises the issue of climate change. It is anticipated that airlines will be brought into the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) in 2011. Airports are already regulated for emissions of greenhouse gases under the UK participation in the EU ETS. While the current emissions from London City Airport are too small to reach the threshold for the scheme, the airport remains committed to the principles of sustainable development.
The introduction of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to London City Airport has seen almost eighty per cent of passengers use public transport.
DEFRA LAQM TG (03) guidelines suggest that airports should begin to monitor local air quality when they reach 5 million passengers per annum. In 2006, 2.4 million passengers travelled through London City Airport. The airport has however already committed itself to monitoring the effects of its future growth on local air quality through the installation of state-of-the-art monitoring equipment. This equipment was installed in 2006 and results are shared with the airport’s local authority, London Borough of Newham.
Richard Gooding, Chief Executive of London City Airport commented today, “the proposed growth of the airport ensures we can serve the visitors that will be attracted to the area in advance of the 2012 Olympic Games. The airport will continue its commitment to local communities by providing a significant increase in jobs over the next three years”.
Currently some 2,000 local jobs are supported by the airport’s activity, this would increase by around 1,000 should the application be approved. The airport has a commitment to recruiting local talent, with over seventy per cent of all employees in 2006 living within a five-mile radius.
London City Airport’s commitment to the community and its sustainability agenda through programmes and events ensures that local people see the benefit of living near the airport. The growth of the airport has encouraged businesses, investors and developers to locate in East London, bringing new services and facilities to the area. A vital part of the airport’s success has been the support it receives from its neighbours. It is with this continued support that London City Airport is now in a position to develop the business further.
London City Airport’s planning application can be found at http://www.londoncityairport.com/planningapplication
London City Airport handled 2.4 million passengers in 2006. The airport now has 12 airlines operating to 31 different UK and European destinations.
1 In 2003 the Government published an Aviation White Paper, “The Future of Air Transport”, which required all major UK airports to set out “Master Plans” to grow up to 2030 to meet the forecasted increase in passenger demand. A progress report on this was published in December 2006, reaffirming these objectives. Both papers concluded that airports should maximise the use of existing runways and infrastructure to delay, reduce and in some cases eliminate the need to construct new runways.
2 In response to the White Paper, London City Airport prepared a Master Plan for consultation, outlining the airport’s plans to 2030. London City Airport’s Master Plan, updated in November 2006, can be found at on the airport web site at http://www.londoncityairport.com/masterplan
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