London City Airport job creation estimate halved

13.9.2009   (UK Airport News)

The economic benefits of the expansion of London City Airport were exaggerated,
it has been reported. In July the airport was given the go-ahead to expand flights
from 80,000 to 120,000 by the end of 2010 on the back of projections that the
development would bring 1,000 new jobs to East London.

However, in a recent letter to Newham MP, Stephen Timms, Newham Council said
the airport had now acknowledged that only 480 new jobs will be created in the
near future – less than half of the original estimate.