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London City named best regional airport in the world


London City Airport has been named the best airport of its kind in the world, picking up the Regional Airport of the Year award at the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Amsterdam last night [27 October].

Organisers said the award was given to the regional airport that has been the biggest standout strategically, has established itself as a leader and done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry. The category covered airports catering for up to 10 million passengers per year.

Peter Harbison, CAPA Executive Chairman said:  “London City has overcome intensifying competition in the London area, as well as political obstacles. Despite these barriers it was one of the fastest growing UK airports in 2015 with a passenger growth rate three times the national average.”

Accepting the award, Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport said: “This award is the icing on the cake of what has been a momentous year for London City Airport. In July, the Government granted planning permission for an expansion programme that will transform the airport, creating additional capacity for the London airspace system, welcoming a new generation of aircraft that will open up new destinations, and accommodating 6.5m passengers per year by 2025, up from 4.5m today. 

“While waiting for planning permission, we have been experiencing sustained record growth and managing this with very constrained infrastructure. Crucially, we have done so without compromising the customer experience and continuing to deliver our passenger proposition of 20 minute check in (door to gate) and 15 minute arrival (plane to train). I thank CAPA for its recognition and look forward to building on the success of 2016 in the months and years to come.”

Editors note

London City Airport

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. 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 more than 40 mainly European destinations. The City Airport Development Programme, given the go ahead by Government in July 2016, will see the construction of a parallel taxilane to increase runway capacity, seven new aircraft stands and a world-class terminal extension. The plans will see LCY welcoming 6.5m passengers per year by 2025. Further information about the airport and its services can be found at or @londoncityair. 

About CAPA, Heidrick & Struggles and the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence

Established in 1990, CAPA – Centre for Aviation is the leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence (publishing 500 stories every working day), analysis and data services, covering worldwide developments. Heidrick & Struggles is a premier professional services firm providing executive search, culture shaping and leadership consulting services. It has a specialist aviation team which works with airline, airport and the broader aviation industry, clients across the globe.

The CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence have recognised strategic leadership in the aviation industry since 2002. The awards are not driven by customer surveys or sponsorship. They are independently researched by CAPA and Heidrick & Struggles and selected by an independent international panel of judges.

Initially limited to Asia Pacific and the Middle East, CAPA expanded the awards in 2012 to include all regions. This year the Aviation Awards of Excellence will be presented at two gala dinners, one for the global industry and one for Asia-Pacific including the Middle East.

The CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence will be awarded on 15-Nov-2106 in Singapore at the CAPA Asia Aviation Summit. For more information on the CAPA Asia Aviation Summit and awards dinner click CAPA Asia Summit: Aviation and Corporate Travel.


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