The Airport Stand Replacement Project 2011 - preparing London City Airport for the next generation of aircraft
The Airport Stand Replacement Project 2011 (ASRP) was to enable the next generation of aircraft to use the airport without the need for a new runway or new terminal buildings. There were to be no increases in numbers of flights above what is already permitted (120,000 movements per annum).
New planes will bring benefits to the local community in terms of reduced noise and emissions, whilst enabling the Airport to continue to provide thousands of jobs and support the ongoing regeneration of East London. As part of the planning process, the Airport held a series of public exhibitions of the plans in November and December 2011.
Pre-application consultation on the Airport Stand Replacement Project officially closed on 31 December 2011 and the responses received were collated and each consultee responded to directly.
In April 2012, LCY management decided to take a further look at the ASRP 2011, in the light of further information about the next generation of aircraft, likely to begin using the airport in 2016. It became clear that these new aircraft – larger, more fuel-efficient and quieter – would present specific challenges to the airport, in terms of the increased passenger numbers they will bring and in terms of parking them and manoeuvring them around the runway.
The ASRP, as it stood, would not allow the airport to grow, given the nature of its business, which is concentrated in the morning and evening peaks. Simply put, without enhanced infrastructure, LCY would never reach its permitted 120,000 movements and would not be able to fulfil its potential as an international gateway to Newham, East London and the financial centres of Canary Wharf and the City.
The airport is now working on a new project proposal – the City Airport Development Programme (link to CADP copy) – which builds on the ASRP and provides the enhanced facilities that will allow LCY to maintain its position as the business traveller’s airport of choice.