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London City Airport launches 5-point Newham Community Pledge as airport expansion receives support from East London businesses

21/04/2016

One of Newham’s largest private sector employers, London City Airport, has set out new commitments to education, employment, investment in community and business, and the environment.

The Newham Community Pledge builds on the airport’s regular engagement and communication with the borough, summarising how the airport will continue to be a responsible neighbour and take its role in the community seriously. Since opening in 1987 the airport has contributed significantly to the regeneration of Newham, and keeping an open dialogue with the people living and working nearby has been integral to this.

The 5-point pledge follows a new survey of over 1,000 businesses across London which found that 77% of East London business decision-makers are in favour of London City Airport’s expansion plans, which include proposals for new aircraft parking stands, a parallel taxiway and extending the terminal building. If approved, airport expansion will create 1,600 permanent jobs and 500 construction jobs, the majority of which will be taken by local residents.

Chief Executive Declan Collier said:

"We are absolutely determined that London City Airport should continue to be a good neighbour and corporate citizen of Newham, building on £2.7 million which has already been spent on East London initiatives since 2009.

"Our pledge puts local residents at the heart of what we do, and this will continue if we expand. I’m pleased that there is existing East London business support and local appetite for airport growth."

London City Airport’s 5-point Newham Community Pledge

We will continue to:

Jobs

Education

Environment

Business

Over 30,000 Newham households will receive leaflets over the next week, with a further 132,000 across East London boroughs.

Editors note

ComRes surveyed 1,002 business decision-makers in Central London business districts by telephone between 11th February and 2nd March 2016. Respondents were based from Canary Wharf in the East, through the City of London and Bank, to Westminster and Soho in the West of the capital. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Data tables are available on the ComRes website, www.comres.co.uk

More information about how London City Airport supports the community can be found here: http://www.londoncityairport.com/aboutandcorporate/page/ourcommunity

If you would like to speak to the airport’s CSR team about community sponsorship opportunities please contact community@londoncityairport.com

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