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London City Airport can fill London Airport Capacity Gap


Use of existing capacity at London City Airport (LCY) will help meet the air connectivity needs of London and the UK in the period between the Government’s response to the Airports Commission and the completion of any new infrastructure.

LCY has an existing permission to increase flights from 75,000 today to 120,000, injecting another 45,000 valuable aircraft movements into an already-constrained system, to the benefit of London’s businesses, its employment prospects and the wider UK economy as a whole. Using this existing capacity has, however, been delayed by the Mayor of London who has directed refusal of planning permission for extra aircraft stands at London City Airport.

The ability to fully utilise existing capacity at London City Airport also depends on the willingness of Government to uphold the airport’s appeal against the Mayor of London’s ruling.

Declan Collier, Chief Executive Officer, London City Airport, believes the opportunity to deliver extra capacity into the London airport system in the short term is too great – and too greatly needed – to be hamstrung by one person:

"London City Airport recognises that any new runway in the South East is unlikely to be delivered until the late 2020s, and believes that better use of existing airport capacity must be made in the interim period.

"We already have permission to increase flight movements – we simply require a permission to expand the airport’s existing infrastructure in order to inject much-needed capacity into the London system pending the delivery of any new runway favoured by the Government. Extra capacity could be in operation at LCY within 18 months.

"Airports bring immense benefits – to the communities in which they operate, through employment, education, training and community relations, and to the wider economy – as well as facilitating national and international trade and providing businesses with the opportunity to develop and invest.

"It would be a travesty if London and the UK were not allowed to make the best use of airport capacity in the short term, as well as in the medium and long terms."

Editors note

The proposed development at LCY (the City Airport Development programme - CADP) will:

  • deliver an extra £750m of economic benefit per annum
  • expand connectivity between London and key business destinations
  • support the growth of emergent industry sectors such as fintech and biotech
  • provide more than 1,500 new jobs

London City Airport – Facts and Figures

  • 3.65 million passengers in 2014 – 4.1m (est) in 2015
  • £750m annual contribution to the UK economy
  • 12% year-on-year pax growth 2014, 8% year-on-year pax growth 2015
  • 57% business travel, 43% leisure
  • 75,000 aircraft movements 2014
  • 45 destinations
  • 10 airlines
  • 2,000 employees
  • 70% of passengers travel to, or from, the airport on public transport
  • Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation (Airports Council International - ACI)
  • One of the strictest noise regimes of any European airport
  • Most punctual UK airport 2010-2015 Best European Airport 2012-2015

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 around 4 million passengers (57% travelling on business, and more than 60% inbound) and 75,000+ movements annually, in 2015 LCY celebrates 28 years of operation. LCY offers a unique rapid transit proposition – a short check in (door to lounge) of around 20 minutes, and a shorter arrival (tarmac to train) of around 15 minutes. 10 airlines fly out of LCY, serving 45 mainly European destinations, eight of which were new for 2013, 7 for 2014 and 2 for 2015 thus far. The airport has permission to increase its operation to 120,000 noise factored movements per annum – carrying 6 million passengers - which it intends to do by 2023.

Further information

For further information, contact Jeremy Probert, Director of Corporate Affairs, London City Airport:

Mobile: 07798 708 163

Telephone: 0207 646 0016

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