London City Airport wants more flights

(8.8.2007     Newham Recorder)
BOSSES have made an application for a big increase in flight movements at London
City Airport in Silvertown. They have requested a rise from 80,000 to 120,000
a year.   It is based on a forecast that the terminal will continue to grow and
handle 3.9 million passengers a year by 2010.  

Airport chiefs say the plan is in line with the Government’s Aviation White Paper
which requires airports to make the most use of runways.

If the bid is approved, airport bosses say there will not be a change in opening
hours, nor will there be any night flights.

Full story by Pat Coughtrey in this week’s Recorder         Newham Recorder story
London City Airport’s planning application can be found at
(There is no deadline date given for responses)

London City Airport Submits New Planning Application
Date Published: 03/08/2007       on the   London City Airport website
London City Airport this week submitted a planning application to enable the
growth of the airport up to 2010. Following the Government’s Aviation White Paper1
which requires airports to make most use of existing runways, and the publication
of London City Airport’s Master Plan2 in 2006, this application seeks to deliver
the next phase of the airport’s development.
The planning application is for an increase in flight movements to 120,000 from
the current level of 80,000, with London City Airport forecasting that it will
handle up to 3.9 million passengers by 2010.   The proposed increase in movements
will not change any of the opening hours of the airport, and there are no plans
to introduce night flights at London City Airport.
London City Airport has a programme in place to sound-insulate any properties
materially affected by noise, which is triggered at a lower noise level (57dB
LAeq 16h) than at any other airport in the UK. The airport will continue its commitment
to sound insulation of the homes of local residents at this low trigger level
and monitor noise closely.
The airport recognises the issue of climate change. It is anticipated that airlines
will be brought into the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) in 2011.
Airports are already regulated for emissions of greenhouse gases under the UK
participation in the EU ETS. While the current emissions from London City Airport
are too small to reach the threshold for the scheme, the airport remains committed
to the principles of sustainable development.
The introduction of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to London City Airport
has seen almost eighty per cent of passengers use public transport. DEFRA LAQM
TG (03) guidelines suggest that airports should begin to monitor local air quality
when they reach 5 million passengers per annum.  In 2006, 2.4 million passengers
travelled through London City Airport. The airport has however already committed
itself to monitoring the effects of its future growth on local air quality through
the installation of state-of-the-art monitoring equipment. This equipment was
installed in 2006 and results are shared with the airport’s local authority, London
Borough of Newham.
Richard Gooding, Chief Executive of London City Airport commented today, "the
proposed growth of the airport ensures we can serve the visitors that will be
attracted to the area in advance of the 2012 Olympic Games. The airport will continue
its commitment to local communities by providing a significant increase in jobs
over the next three years".
Currently some 2,000 local jobs are supported by the airport’s activity, this
would increase by around 1,000 should the application be approved. The airport
has a commitment to recruiting local talent, with over seventy per cent of all
employees in 2006 living within a five-mile radius.
London City Airport’s commitment to the community and its sustainability agenda
through programmes and events ensures that local people see the benefit of living
near the airport. The growth of the airport has encouraged businesses, investors
and developers to locate in East London, bringing new services and facilities
to the area. A vital part of the airport’s success has been the support it receives
from its neighbours. It is with this continued support that London City Airport
is now in a position to develop the business further.
London City Airport’s planning application can be found at
(There is no deadline date given for responses)


Editors Note:
London City Airport handled 2.4 million passengers in 2006. The airport now has
12 airlines operating to 31 different UK and European destinations.
1 In 2003 the Government published an Aviation White Paper, "The Future of Air
Transport", which required all major UK airports to set out "Master Plans" to
grow up to 2030 to meet the forecasted increase in passenger demand. A progress
report on this was published in December 2006, reaffirming these objectives. Both
papers concluded that airports should maximise the use of existing runways and
infrastructure to delay, reduce and in some cases eliminate the need to construct
new runways.
2 In response to the White Paper, London City Airport prepared a Master Plan
for consultation, outlining the airport’s plans to 2030. London City Airport’s
Master Plan, updated in November 2006, can be found at on the airport web site


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