London City Airport to expand
Plans to expand London City Airport have been given the go-ahead by Newham Council. The planning decision gives the green light for a £200m investment that will enable the airport to increase the number of flights it operates to a permitted 111,000 a year, up from the 70,000 it currently flies. The expansion programme is expected to create 1,500 new jobs and bring greater levels of inward investment to East London. Declan Collier, chief executive of London City Airport said, “The development of the airport will culminate in 2023 when, having constructed seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and terminal extensions to the west and to the east, the airport will be welcoming some six million passengers every year”. London City Airport is the only airport actually in London and two thirds of its passengers are business travellers.