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London City Airport disappointed by Mayor of London direction to refuse planning permission


London City Airport (LCY) is perplexed and disappointed by the Mayor of London’s direction to refuse planning permission for the City Airport Development Programme (CADP) – a scheme which solely comprises the extension of existing infrastructure to enable the airport to achieve an already-permitted growth in flight numbers.*

The CADP has the ability to deliver an additional £750m per annum to the UK economy, 2,000 new jobs in Newham and the east of London (500 of these during construction), vital additional air connectivity for the capital, the arrival of ‘Next Generation’ aircraft (which are quieter and have a longer range) and will create a world-class gateway to the burgeoning economic and tech centres that are London’s Royal Docks, the Queen Elizabeth Park and Stratford.

Declan Collier, Chief Executive Officer, London City Airport, believes the decision goes against everything that the Mayor supports and promotes.

“It is ironic that the Mayor of London, whose platform has always been one of advantage for business in London, is denying the capital the business opportunity presented by growth at London City Airport.

It is doubly ironic that this decision was taken on LCY’s busiest-ever day , when more than 16,500 passengers passed through the terminal. Demand for the connectivity the airport provides is growing, driven by the success of London as a global business centre, and to service this demand, the airport needs to grow.

Development at London City Airport, which is in line with current aviation policy, would also inject extra airport capacity into the London system at a time when that capacity is very constrained – and will continue to be at least until 2030, which is the earliest date that new runway infrastructure could be delivered. The Mayor’s decision has also jeopardised this additional capacity uplift.”

London City Airport is considering the substance of the Mayor’s direction to refuse and will make a decision on its response strategy in due course.

Editors note

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 3.65 million passengers (61% 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. 11 airlines fly out of LCY, serving 46 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 about the airport and its services can be found at

The City Airport Development Programme

London City Airport’s proposed development programme seeks to maximise the use of its existing infrastructure to achieve its permitted number of flight movements (permission for 120,000 movements granted in 2009) without the need for a new runway or an extension to the existing runway. This is in line with the Aviation Policy Framework presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Transport in March 2013.

Key points:

• Achieve already permitted growth in movements – to 120,000 per annum by 2023
• Enlarge existing aeroplane parking stands and create a further seven stands to the east of the current airport buildings
• Construct a new parallel taxi lane to make more efficient use of existing runway (25% increase, to 45 scheduled movements per hour)
• Extend the existing terminal building to the West
• Create 1,500 new jobs (plus up to 500 in the construction phase of the project)
• No new runway and no extension to the existing runway

Further information

For further information, please contact:

Jeremy Probert Director of Corporate Communication
London City Airport
Tel: 0207 646 0016
Mob: 07798 708163

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