It’s an exciting time at London City Airport. We have added five new routes to our network this year, on top of the eight we added in 2012 and now have 11 airlines operating flights to 47 destinations across Europe and New York. With summer approaching, we will begin to see less suits and more sunglasses as people head off for a break from the office.
There’s no break for the airport team though. We’re working on plans to develop the airport so that we can welcome twice as many passengers (by 2023), inject more money into the local economy and continue to showcase East London on the global stage.
We are aiming to submit a planning application shortly, to seek permission to improve our existing infrastructure. The main features include;
- A parallel taxilane to enable aircraft to get on and off the runway quicker, freeing it up to accommodate more take-offs and landings per hour. This will mean that we can provide more capacity at peak times, when the majority of our passengers want to fly.
- Seven new aircraft parking stands, so that we can have more planes on the ground at peak times, and to enable us to welcome the next generation of aircraft which are larger and therefore need more space – due in 2016.
- A new eastern passenger pier and separate arrivals terminal, to ensure we can maintain our high level of service and business-class experience as the number of passengers coming through the airport increases.
At the moment the airport is operating under capacity. We have permission to handle up to 120,000 flights per year, yet we’re only running at around 70,000. Improving the facilities will enable LCY to realise its potential, create 1,000 new jobs in the process and help to attract further investment into Newham and the surrounding areas.
It’s important to note that we are not extending the runway or building a new one. The planning application is simply about making better use of what we’ve got. LCY has the highest proportion of business travellers of any major UK airport at over 60% of total passengers. Our proximity to Canary Wharf and the City makes us the obvious choice for people wanting to fly direct into the heart of London and we have to make sure that we can continue to meet increasing demand for flights at peak times.
The airport will continue to operate within the parameters set out by Newham Borough Council, including in the areas of noise management and hours of operation. These are exciting times for the airport, its staff, partners and neighbours. We’re looking forward to the future and hope you are too.
By Jeremy Probert, Corporate Communications Manager at London City Airport