London City airport has no air passenger growth in 2017, compared to 5% in 2016 and 18% in 2015
London City Airport has announced flat passenger numbers for 2017 with no growth. Compared to that, passenger numbers rose by 5% in 2016 (with 2% rise in ATM s) and rose by 18% in 2015 (compared to 2014) with ATMs up 13%. So a very definite slow down now. There were some 4,511,100 passengers in 2017 , down from about 4,536,050 in 2016. A spokesperson for the airport said the dip was due to “a variety of factors”, including some airlines choosing to move flights to other airports, “reflecting the more challenging economic environment”. CityJet trimmed the size of its operation, while other airlines cut some routes. The busiest route from London City was Amsterdam in 2017, followed by Edinburgh, Dublin, Zurich and Milan. London City Airport plans to expand, with 7 new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway to maximise runway capacity, and a terminal extension to make room for more passengers, with completion in 2021. The project was originally expected to cost £400m, but that has now risen to £480m. The airport hopes for greatly increased passenger numbers, as it adds “much needed” capacity at peak times.
London City Airport reveals flat passenger numbers for 2017 after airlines cut routes
By Rebecca Smith (City AM)
London City Airport has announced flat passenger numbers for 2017 after a record-breaking 2016, though it still topped 4.5m visitors for the year.
The airport brought in 4,511,107 passengers, a slight decline on the 4,536,059 recorded for the year before.
A spokesperson for the airport said the dip was due to “a variety of factors”, but cited “strategic decisions by some of our airline partners” as leading to slower growth than experienced in recent years, “reflecting the more challenging economic environment”.
CityJet trimmed the size of its operation, while other airlines cut some routes. It currently offers flights to 44 destinations, with that expected to rise for the start of the summer schedule.
The airport did though, add that it expects growth to resume this year.
Amsterdam marked the top route by passenger numbers for the airport in 2017, followed by Edinburgh, Dublin, Zurich and Milan Linate.
The London airport is looking to expand, with a development programme due for completion in 2021. The project was originally expected to cost £400m, but that is now set to come in at £480m, with the airport changing the plans since receiving planning permission from government.
The privately-funded £480m investment includes plans for seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway to maximise runway capacity, and a terminal extension to make room for more passengers.
Another two million passengers a year will be able to use the airport by 2025, adding 30,000 more flights per year.
Robert Sinclair, the chief executive of London City Airport, said:
We are very confident about the long-term prospects for growth at London City Airport. This is reflected by our decision late last year to commence the £480m development programme.
This programme will transform the airport over the next four years, adding much needed capacity at peak, substantially enhancing the overall facilities and providing much more choice and flexibility for passengers, at a time when the London airport system is already highly congested.
Below is some data from the CAA. Their airport data is at
Data for all of 2016 is at
Data for all of 2015 is at
4.5 million passengers used London City Airport in 2017 with Amsterdam no.1 destination following 16% growth on route
London City Airport has published its annual passenger figures for 2017, showing that over 4.5 million passengers used London’s most convenient airport last year.
In total 4,511,107 passengers arrived to, or departed from, London City Airport in 2017, with strong growth on specific routes including Amsterdam, which saw a 16% year-on-year increase in passengers, becoming the airport’s most popular route, thanks to the return of KLM in January 2017 and increased frequencies by Flybe.
The airport’s Milan Linate services also performed well, jumping from the 10th busiest route to the 5th most popular, with a 37% increase in passengers, driven by the start of services by British Airways in April, joining the existing Alitalia operations.
There was also a 3% increase in passengers on the Frankfurt route, operated by Lufthansa and British Airways, and a 4% increase for Zurich operations by British Airways and SWISS Airlines, which introduced the Bombardier C Series in August.
While year-on-year growth from 2016 was flat, CEO Robert Sinclair says business remains buoyant, with the number of passengers travelling through London City up by nearly 50% since 2012, and strong growth expected to resume in 2018.
Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said:
“Once again London City Airport’s annual passengers have exceeded 4.5 million, with the introduction of several new routes and continued close working with the airlines to provide further opportunities for growth.
“We are very confident about the long-term prospects for growth at London City Airport. This is reflected by our decision late last year to commence the £480 million development programme. This programme will transform the airport over the next four years, adding much needed capacity at peak, substantially enhancing the overall facilities and providing much more choice and flexibility for passengers, at a time when the London airport system is already highly congested.”
Over the course of 2017, three new airlines commenced operation – KLM, TAP Portugal and VLM Airlines – and five new destinations were added to the route map – Lisbon, Manchester, Prague, Reykjavik and Skiathos. TAP will also start a six-times-a-week Porto service from 25 March 2018.
The top five routes by passenger numbers in 2017 were:
1. Amsterdam [595,000]
2. Edinburgh [483,000]
3. Dublin [468,000]
4. Zurich [401,000]
5. Milan Linate [247,000]
550% increase in complaints to City Airport following introduction of concentrated flight paths
Complaints to London City Airport have gone up by 550% since the introduction of the new concentrated flight paths. The figures were revealed in the airport’s 2016 Annual Performance Report, just published. Last year there were nearly 400 complaints, up from 95 in 2015. In its report, London City admits the increase is down to the concentrated flight paths which were introduced on 4th February 2016, as part of the implementation of Phase 1a of the London Airspace Management Plan (LAMP). The release of the complaint figures comes a week after the London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for an end to the concentrated flight paths. In an answer to a question from Green London Assembly member Caroline Russell, he said, “It is clear that the concentrated flight paths introduced by London City Airport are not working. We will continue to raise the issue with London City Airport. We also continue to make the case to the CAA that there must be a fairer distribution of flight paths that will address the severe noise impacts.” At present the CAA is assessing a report from London City into the operation of the concentrated flight paths. It is expected to make its recommendations in the next month or two.
Flood of complaints from people upset by newly concentrated flight paths at London City airport
London City Airport’s decision to concentrate all its flights paths earlier this year, with changes from 4th February, has resulted in a flood of complaints. HACAN East, which speaks for residents under the flight paths, has launched a short report outlining some of the complaints they received in just one month. With hot summer weather and people being outdoors more, or opening their windows more, the problem of aircraft noise is at its worst as people are most aware of it. HACAN East said the newly concentrated flight paths have brought complaints from many areas for the first time. The complaints have come from vast swathes of east and south east London. Hundreds of people have said they did not have flights in the past, but now get them sometimes as often as every 3 minutes. People who moved to the area are now subjected to a level of noise they could not have expected, and they are affected by Heathrow arrivals as well as London City flights. People are especially upset if they moved from a noisy area, hoping they had moved to a quieter one. John Stewart said that HACAN East has met airport representatives who said they “have not closed their mind” to looking again at the concentrated flight paths but will not do so until next year after the Government (DfT) has issued its forthcoming consultation on national airspace policy.
Government (Chris Grayling and Sajid Javid) approve expansion of London City airport
The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, and Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, have announced they are allowing the expansion programme at London City Airport. The plans are for an extended terminal, new aircraft taxiway and parking spaces for planes, which will enable more, larger, noisier planes to use the airport. The government is hoping this is a symbol of Britain “being open for business” and increasing connections with Europe, at a time of great fears about the impact of Brexit. With government fears for the economy, they are trumpeting the expansion as creating “1,600 airport jobs for staff, together with 500 construction jobs” and huge benefits to the economy. All three ministers made extravagant and excited statements about the positive impact of this expansion. Boris Johnson earlier turned it down on grounds of unacceptable noise levels for Londoners. Hacan East, the local campaign, is very concerned indeed about the noise. They say residents will now face a double whammy. Earlier this year, in February, London City concentrated all its flight paths, and now the people under these flight paths face the prospect of more and larger planes.” Cait Hewitt, from the Aviation Environment Federation, said: “It is hard to see how an increase in aircraft and in passengers travelling to and from London City can be compatible with the Mayor’s ambitious plans to tackle air pollution in London.”