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68% of Residents Support London City Airport Expansion

29/01/2015

Airport calls on Council to grant permission for development plans

More than two thirds of Newham residents support London City Airport’s expansion proposals, a ComRes survey has found.

In a survey of 1,000 people, 68% support or strongly support the detailed plans described to them, while a further 20% were neutral.

The airport has released the findings as it awaits a decision on a planning application submitted to enable it to develop to a permitted level of 120,000 flights per annum.

If granted, the plans will see the creation of 1,500 permanent new jobs and a further 500 jobs during construction – a fact that 89% of respondents felt was important.

Four out of five Newham residents felt that it was important for the airport to be able to handle cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient aircraft (81%) and to serve new destinations (79%) – two factors that will only be possible if development plans are permitted to go ahead.

Some 84% of respondents said that London City Airport brings mostly advantages to the local area. 75% believe it is as an asset to Newham and 70% think it is an important source of local jobs, with 66% saying it promotes local growth.

Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport said: “The findings clearly show that local residents support the airport and value the benefits that development would bring. We pride ourselves on being a good neighbour and believe that we have considered the needs of the community at all stages through the planning process. We hope that the London Borough of Newham will grant permission so we can create more jobs, provide more opportunities and generate more economic benefit for the community in Newham.”

Editors note

About the survey:

ComRes conducted a telephone survey of 1000 adult Newham residents between 7th and 13th January 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of the Newham population by age, gender and Newham ward of residence.

To view the data tables and full report, follow the links below;

http://www.londoncityairport.com/content/pdf/newham-residents-poll-data-tables.pdf

http://www.londoncityairport.com/content/pdf/LCY-newham-residents-research-presentation-28Jan15.pdf

 

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