London City Airport given go ahead to expand

While Heathrow and Gatwick are having a very public battle to be given the green light for expansion, London City Airport has stayed under the radar and secured approval to increase its capacity.

London City’s plans for a £200 million investment, which was given the go ahead last week, will allow the airport to handle 111,000 flights per year, a more than 50% increase on the current 70,000.

Expanding London City Airport is expected to create 1,500 new jobs, plus 500 during construction, and double the economic impact to £1.5bn per year.

Declan Collier, CEO 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.”

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